The US is preparing to restart talks with North Korea over its nuclear weapons program to prevent further provocations by the communist regime.
South Korea's Yonhap news quoted a diplomatic source Monday saying that a high-level dialogue between North Korea and the US will be held in Geneva around next Wednesday.
The Wall Street Journal reported that the second meeting became clear after last week's summit between President Lee Myung-bak and Barack Obama and the talks between the two Koreas last July.
A former US negotiator who still participates in "Track II" talks also said that the two Koreas and the US are on a path to another round of meeting.
"Track II" is an academic forum inviting scholars, legislators, journalists and former senior officials from both Koreas and the US to come up with policy recommendations that aim at persuading the North to abandon its nuclear weapons program.
Experts say however that the meeting would not render better outcomes than those from previous talks.
The skepticism comes as the North has not shown willingness to denuclearize and instead, it has been using these talks as a means to obtain aid.
In fact, Pyeongyang has declared that it will become a full nuclear weapon state in 2012, the year that marks the 100th birthday of Kim Il-sung, the founder of the communist regime.
The North Korea and the US held a first round of discussions in New York late July to assess the chances of resuming the six-party talks.
Hwang Ji-hye, Arirang News.