U.S. president Barack Obama will send a senior U.S. diplomat to North Korea for a direct talk before a year ends, officials confirmed on Tuesday.
The administration officials said the visit is aiming to restart the six-nation talks to end North Korea's nuclear program, Washington Post reported.
State Department spokesman P.J Crowley said, "After careful consideration and extensive consultation among our allies and partners, we have told North Korea that we are prepared for Ambassador Bosworth and a small interagency team to visit Pyongyang at an appropriate time not yet determined," reported the AFP.
The ABC News reported Obama administration is planning to start negotiation of its nuclear weapon.
Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton said in October, "We may use some bilateral discussions to help get that process going."
The last six-nation talks was about Pyongyang's nuclear program, joined by U.S., China, Japan, Russia, South Korea and North Korea on December 2008.
Obama will visit South Korea on November 18 on his Asia trip.