China has called for a resumption of the six-party nuclear talks early next month.
During an emergency press briefing held in the Chinese foreign ministry on Sunday, Beijing's chief nuclear negotiator, Wu Dawei, suggested to hold the six-way meeting in Beijing in early December to exchange views on the interests each country has to secure peace and stability on the Korean peninsula.
Wu added that this will contribute in strengthening communication between the two Koreas, the United States, China, Japan and Russia in order to ease tensions in Northeast Asia.
However, the Korean government in response said that China's call for the resumption of the six-way talks mush be "reviewed very carefully."
According to Korea's foreign ministry spokesman, Kim Young-sun, on Sunday, Seoul will take note of Beijing's suggestion, but will still have to examine it very closely.
Kim explained that this is because North Korea has caused a negative impact on the conditions to resume the talks by disclosing the construction site of its light-water reactor and uranium enrichment facilities and carrying out an artillery assault on Yeonpyeong Island.
The spokesman emphasized that Seoul will continue to call for specific actions by Pyeongyang to work towards denuclearization as well as hold meetings with participating countries of the six-party talks.
Meanwhile, senior Chinese official Wang Jiarui is expected to visit Pyeongyang sometime in the near future.
A source in Beijing said on Sunday that the Chinese government will be sending Wang to the North to deliver China's stance on the secretive regime's uranium-enrichment threat and its bombardment of Yeonpyeong while also exchanging views on the South Korea-US joint naval drill.
And Choe Thae-bok, chairman of North Korea's Supreme People's Assembly, is scheduled to make a trip to Beijing on Tuesday.
The exact purpose and schedule of his visit is yet unknown.
Eoh Jin-joo, Arirang News.