Two days of direct talks between the US and North Korea, aimed at resuming the six-party talks to denuclearize Pyeongyang, will take place from Monday in Geneva.
While experts expect no concrete breakthrough during the meeting, they say the fact that the two sides are talking is a good development.
[Interview : Kim Yong-hyun, N. Korea expert
Dongguk University] "South Korea and the US want North Korea to put a stop to its Uranium Enrichment Program, re-station IAEA officials for inspections and suspend atomic as well as long-range missile tests."
The Obama administration's position is that there will be no regional talks unless Pyeongyang improves ties with Seoul first, and shows sincerity in taking concrete steps toward denuclearization.
And President Lee Myung-bak reaffirmed Seoul's shared stance at the White House summit earlier this month.
However, North Korean leader Kim Jong-il said last week that, in order to bring the process for the denuclearization of the peninsula, the six-party talks must resume at an early date without any preconditions.
With these conflicting positions, analysts are keeping their expectations low about this week's meeting but some say that since both sides are willing to hold discussions, the two might compromise and agree on restarting the long-stalled six-nation talks, on condition that Pyeongyang promises to discuss specific ways of denuclearization at the six-party talks.
Laah Hyun-kyung, Arirang News.