South Korea''s envoy for nuclear issues, Lim Sung-nam, will travel to China on Wednesday for a visit preceded by repeated calls from Beijing to stay calm about the situation on the peninsula.
During his two-days-visit to China, Lim Sung-nam will follow an agenda that includes meeting with his counterpart Wu Dawei, said Tuesday ministry spokeswoman Han Hye-Jin.
They would assess the situation following the launch of North Korea's earth observation satellite, Kwangmyongsong-3, on April 13, to mark the centenary of late DPRK founder Kim II Sung's birth.
The rocket put in orbit failed; meanwhile, the United States and other nations saw it as the launch of a long-range missile and presented the case to the Security Council of the United Nations, which condemned it.
North Korea rejected the decision of the United Nations by defending its right to use the space for peaceful purposes, acknowledged by international laws.
China is the Chief Negotiator for the Six-Party Talks for the denuclearization of the peninsula, in which participate other three countries, Russia and Japan. This process remains at a standstill since the end of 2008.