The White House says North Korean officials have given no indication that Pyongyang is considering returning to the six-nation talks on halting its nuclear weapons program.

State Department officials met with North Korean diplomats in New York Monday.

A spokesman for President Bush said Tuesday that the diplomats said they were committed to the six-party talks, but gave no indication that Pyongyang is ready to return to the negotiations. The spokesman, Scott McClellan, said the White House remains hopeful that North Korea will return to the talks soon, without preconditions.

The New York meeting was the second such direct meeting between U.S. and North Korean officials in less than a month.