After Beijing issued a yellow dust warning for the first time this year, attention is now on how much impact it will have on the Korean Peninsula, where air quality is normally affected after about a day.

The South Korean and Chinese governments are divided on whether the yellow dust in Beijing will sweep over to the Korean Peninsula.  

The Korea Meteorological Administration and the National Institute of Environmental Research said Thursday that the dust from China will affect domestic air quality, with the level of fine dust concentration remaining at "bad" levels.

Meanwhile, China's environmental authorities say the recent bout of yellow dust occurred in the northern part of the country and is likely to move to the northeast region due to the direction of the wind.

It says the dust will have limited impact on some northern parts of North Korea. 

However, for South Korea, a major problem is that yellow dust originating from western China will last for ten days.  

China's meteorological authority forecasts another round of yellow dust to sweep over the northern cities of Xinjiang and Ningbo from Thursday to Saturday, with a stronger bout of yellow dust expected in early April.