China is pushing to restart the stalled six-party talks however the United States is skeptical about the idea.
Beijing's nuclear envoy Wu Dawei recently visited Washington to tout the six-party talks that were begun to bring an end to North Korea's nuclear program.
US analysts are doubting about the usefulness of the multilateral negotiations calling them a playground for North Korean leader Kim Jong-il to make promises he subsequently ignores.
The six-party nuclear talks with members Russia, Japan, South Korea, the United States, China and North Korea were first held in 2003 aimed at resolving the North Korean nuclear issue.
Two years later in 2005 the discussions succeeded in reaching the September 19 Joint Statement which is assessed as the best result the dialogue has achieved so far.
But North Korea restarted its nuclear program soon after and the talks have remained dormant since 2008.
With the talks not making any inroads for seven years the Obama administration is believed to be seeking more effective alternatives to its pressure-and-punishment stance toward North Korea.
Many US analysts believe that their country must consult closely with South Korea to explore a possible new framework for dealing with the communist regime.
There are different opinions on the matter however as some European and Southeast Asian nations feel that the talks are the best way to maintain security and the status quo on the Korean peninsula.
Kim Na-ri, Arirang News.