North Korea is expected to attend a regional security conference opening in Beijing next week.
A source at the Northeast Asia Cooperation Dialogue (NEACD) has said that a North Korean government delegation will attend the 26th event held in Beijing Tuesday and Wednesday.
Eric Anderson, an analyst in charge of media inquiry of the regional dialogue told Seoul-based Yonhap News Agency that he can confirm that representatives from the North Korean government will attend the forum.
The dialogue is organized by the Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation (IGCC) at the University of California in San Diego.
It's dubbed as a "mini six-way dialogue" as government officials and experts from the six nations of the U.S, China, Japan, Russia and two Koreas will attend the conference.
The U.S. State Department also said that the U.S. special envoy for North Korea policy will visit China next week to attend the forum and meet with Beijing officials.
It's not known who will attend from the other five nations.
With North Korea's attendance made clear, some pundits speculate bilateral talks between Washington and Pyongyang on the sidelines but prospects remain dim.
A spokesperson for the State Department's Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs also told the Associated Press that no such meeting is planned.