Nuclear envoys from North and South Korea have met in Beijing as part of attempts to resume six-party talks on Pyongyang's nuclear weapons program.
Tuesday's meeting between the South's Chun Yung-woo and the North's Kim Kye Kwan is the latest in a series of diplomatic consultations among the six nations involved in the nuclear talks.
Over the past week, U.S. nuclear envoy Christopher Hill met his counterparts from South Korea, Japan and China to brief them on his talks with North Korea's Kim in Berlin earlier this month.
Diplomats say Beijing, which hosts the talks, could announce a date for the next round in a few days.
Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Aso said Tuesday another round of negotiations would be meaningless unless it specifically addresses the issue of North Korean denuclearization.
Some information for this report was provided by AP and Reuters.