South Korea is sending envoys to Moscow and Washington to seek support for its plan to end the crisis over North Korea's nuclear weapons program.
Seoul's National Security Council drafted the compromise today (Saturday), which calls for concessions by both Washington and Pyongyang.
One South Korean delegation is headed for Moscow where Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Losyukov called today for Washington and Pyongyang to settle the dispute in "a calm and constructive" manner.
A second South Korean delegation is heading to Washington for talks early next week with Japan and the United States.
North Korea's news agency today (Saturday) called the situation very "serious and unpredictable" and again called on Washington to sign a non-aggression pact.
The United States says it will not discuss a non-aggression until North Korea abandons its nuclear program.
South Korean President-elect Roh Moo-hyun is hoping to ease the crisis before he takes office on February 25th.
U-S Assistant Secretary of State James Kelly is expected to fly to Seoul for further discussions with Mr. Roh after next week's Washington meeting.