The top nuclear envoys of China and the United States met for over three hours on Monday for the first of their three scheduled meetings.
While the two did not answer any questions following the meeting,.. diplomatic sources in New York say the two discussed ways to stop Pyongyang from carrying out additional nuclear tests.
Ever since North Korea threatened last month to carry out a "new form" of nuclear test, tensions have been running high in Northeast Asia.
Chinese nuclear envoy Wu Dawei and his U.S. counterpart Glyn Davies are to meet again in New York on Tuesday and again in Washington on Thursday, during which Wu is expected to debrief Davies about his visit to the North Korean capital last month.
Based on Pyongyang's stance,.. they are to discuss ways to resume the six-party talks on denuclearizing North Korea.
The six-way talks which involve the two Koreas, the U.S., China, Japan, and Russia have been stalled since 2008.
The bilateral meeting between China and the U.S. is the latest, in a flurry of diplomatic activities in recent days.
Prior to his visit to New York, Wu met with his South Korean counterpart to discuss similar issues.
There, diplomatic sources in Beijing say, he requested South Korea refrain from holding joint military drills with the United States,.. saying the drills are a stumbling block towards resuming the six-party talks.
South Korean envoy Hwang Joon-gook reportedly said that such a move wouldn't be considered as the exercises are purely defensive in nature.
Yoo Li-an, Arirang News.