Chinese nuclear envoy Wu Dawei and his U.S. counterpart Glyn Davies met for the second time this week to discuss ways to lure North Korea back to the six-party talks on its own denuclearization.
In a statement Tuesday, the U.S. State Department said the talks had been "productive" and both sides had agreed on the "fundamental importance of a denuclearized North Korea."
The Chinese delegate did not comment about the closed-door meeting.
Diplomatic sources in the United Nations were paying close attention to whether Wu would propose an arbitration plan on the human rights issue in North Korea.
Pyongyang threatened to conduct a fourth nuclear test if the international community crossed the line by bringing up the regime's human rights abuses.
Wu, who spent five days in Pyongyang last month, has reportedly drawn up an arbitration plan that contains the North Korean stance on the matter.
Wu and Davies will hold the third and last meeting in Washington.
The meeting comes as Beijing's foreign ministry issued a rare statement Tuesday saying it's opposed to any move that may result in tensions in the region, whether they be the joint drills between South Korea and the U.S. or North Korea's threat of conducting further nuclear tests.
It also urged all related parties to make joint efforts to ease the situation and said China would continue to play a positive role in promoting peace and stability in the region.
Kim Ji-yeon, Arirang News.