China, U.S. agree to keep in close touch over N. Korea

China and the United States agreed Thursday to keep in close touch with each other over issues related to North Korea, at a time when there are signs that Pyongyang may have restarted a reactor at its Yongbyon nuclear complex.

Wu Dawei, China's special representative for Korean Peninsula affairs, and his U.S. counterpart Glyn Davies, who was on a three-day visit to Beijing through Thursday, held "an in-depth exchange of views on the Korean nuclear issue and the resumption of six-party talks," Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei told a press conference.

"Wu pointed out that the meeting was held against the backdrop of the 10th anniversary of the six-party talks" aimed at ending North Korea's nuclear weapons program, Hong said.

"All parties should create conditions for the resumption of the six-party talks. China and the U.S. agreed to stay in close communication on relevant issues," he said.

The nuclear talks involving two Koreas, China, Japan, Russia and the United States, have been stalled since December 2008.

Earlier this week, diplomatic sources and U.S. institutes, citing satellite images, said North Korea may have restarted the 5-megawatt reactor, which had been shut down under a 2007 agreement of the six-party talks, in late August.

Hong did not elaborate when he was asked about reports on the possibility of North Korea restarting the reactor.