Over the past week, there have been many developments in regards to the strained relations on the Korean peninsula and the six-party efforts to denuclearize North Korea.
On the sidelines of the 27-member ASEAN Regional Forum foreign ministers' meeting last week on the Indonesian island of Bali, the two Koreas held talks on ending Pyeongyang's nuclear programs and agreed to work together to resume the multilateral nuclear negotiations that have been stalled since 2008.
And just two days after that meeting, US Secretary of Hillary Clinton confirmed on Sunday that North Korea's First Vice Foreign Minister and former six-party negotiator Kim Kye-gwan will visit New York this week for what Clinton called "exploratory talks" on the process to reopen the six-party dialogue.
For more details on this we have our Foreign Ministry correspondent Choi You-sun now joining us in the studio.
Welcome back, You-sun.
[Reporter : Choi You-sun] It's nice to be back.
As you mentioned, the two Korean six-party delegations headed by South Korea's Wi Sung-lac and the North's new nuclear envoy, Ri Yong-ho, met last Friday, for the first time in nearly three years.
In fact, it was the first-ever inter-Korean denuclearization dialogue held after Pyeongyang quit the six-party talks in 2009 in retaliation against the UN Security Council's new sanctions condemning Pyeongyang's long-range missile test and second nuclear test.
Although it may seem that Friday's roundtable was abrupt, one high-ranking official from Seoul explained that efforts to bring the two sides together have been ongoing since last year, with many obstacles,.. like the Yeonpyeong Island attack, coming in the way.
Following two hours of discussions, the North Korean envoy emphasized that the two Koreas agreed to promptly revive the stalled negotiations.
[Interview : Ri Yong-ho, N. Korean six-party negotiator] "I met with the head of the South Korean delegation as part of an effort to realize commitments made in the September 19, 2005 six-party joint statement by promptly resuming the six-way talks."