In efforts to make a breakthrough in resuming the stalled six-party talks,South Korea's chief delegate Hwang Joon-kook will visit Beijing Friday to meet with his Chinese counterpart, Wu Dawei.
Hwang will likely discuss the results of trilateral talks he attended in Washington with the U.S. and Japan.
Their meeting is expected to draw specific measures and flexible preconditions to bring Pyongyang back to the negotiating table.
Shortly after the bilateral meet,Wu will head to Washington to discuss the outcome of his four-day trip to North Korea late last month and reopening the six-party talks.
The news of Wu's upcoming trip comes a day after South Korea, the U.S. and Japan agreed to be more flexible when dealing with the communist state.
The three nations had previously been firm on resuming talks only if Pyongyang took concrete steps to end its nuclear program.
Now that all three nations appear ready to compromise, attention is turning to China and its role as "mediator".
Beijing remains as the secluded state's biggest ally, and narrowing down the different political interests of involved parties may be the biggest factor in resuming the six-way talks with the North.
While making inroads overseas on the issue, South Korea's Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se has warned Pyongyang that it will pay an unimaginable cost should it carry out a fourth nuclear test.
Speaking at a forum on reunification Thursday, Yun said that the international community, including China, stands unified and is determined to denuclearize North Korea.
The nuclear talks have been stalled since late 2008 over repeated provocations by Pyonyang.
Connie Kim, Arirang News.