A senior U.S. delegation will travel to North Korea next week for talks aimed at restarting nuclear disarmament negotiations.
State Department spokesman Mark Toner told reporters Thursday that two State Department envoys for North Korea, Stephen Bosworth and Sung Kim, along with White House and Defense Department officials, will be in Pyongyang, North Korea, next Tuesday through Thursday.
They will then travel to Seoul, Beijing, Tokyo and Moscow before returning to Washington on Dec. 15.
North Korea, its neighbors and the United States are locked in a standoff over the North's atomic weapons ambitions. Earlier this year, the North launched a long-range rocket, conducted an underground nuclear test and test-fired a series of missiles.