The United States and China remained divided during their foreign ministerial talks Thursday over a possible resumption of the six-nation talks on North Korea's denuclearization.
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi proposed both countries "work together to relaunch the six-party talks and effectively push forward the denuclearization process" at the outset of the talks with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry.
"I am confident that we will be able to reach a new, important agreement," Wang told the session which was open to the press.
But a State Department spokeswoman suggested the meeting between Kerry and Wang did not go as the Chinese side wished.
Kerry detailed "several disturbing developments that indicate the DPRK continues to flout its previous commitments to denuclearize" during the talks with Wang, Marie Harf told reporters.
DPRK is the acronym of the formal name of North Korea, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.
The United States has shunned calls by North Korea to hold bilateral talks or resume the multilateral talks, urging North Korea to first follow up its promises to do away with nuclear programs, including the commitment made in a six-nation agreement in 2005.
Kerry and Wang met after a U.S. institute released satellite imagery last week that apparently showed North Korea having reactivated its nuclear plant, which can produce weapons-grade plutonium at the Yongbyon facility.
North Korean First Vice Foreign Minister Kim Kye Gwan proposed unconditionally resuming the six-nation talks also involving Japan, South Korea and Russia, during a China-hosted event earlier this week in Beijing.
The six-nation talks have been stalled since 2008.