It's now looking highly likely that former United States President Jimmy Carter will visit North Korea next month to hold talks with officials in Pyeongyang.
A diplomatic source in Washington says Carter will probably be joined by former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan and two former female heads of state ex-Norwegian Prime Minister Gro Brundtland and ex-Irish President Mary Robinson.
The talks are expected to focus on mending diplomatic ties between the US and North Korea.
Analysts say that Carter's visit will most likely take place towards the end of April, since April 15th marks Kim Il-sung's birthday and Washington wants to avoid any misunderstanding that Carter's trip is some type of congratulatory visit.
The former US president traveled to Pyeongyang in August of last year on a diplomatic mission to bring back an American citizen who was detained in the North.
But, Carter could not meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong-il at the time as Kim was visiting China for a meeting with Chinese President Hu Jintao.
However, analysts predict that there is a good chance that a meeting between the two will take place this time around.
Pyeongyang has been offering some diplomatic concessions recently, so there is also hope that Carter's delegation could broker some kind of deal with the North.
Last week, North Korean officials suggested that their uranium enrichment program be discussed during the six-party nuclear talks.
The multinational talks, which involve China, the US, Russia, Japan and the two Koreas have not been held since 2008 after the North conducted a series of nuclear and missile tests.
Kim Han-ul, Arirang News.