A meeting between U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and North Korean officials set for Thursday in NY has been postponed and will be rescheduled "when our respective schedules permit", the U.S. State Department said on Wednesday.
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is likely to pay a visit to Russian Federation this month, South Korea's top diplomat said on Monday.
The State Department said the talks would be rescheduled "when our respective schedules permit".
Last week, the North's foreign ministry threatened to return to Pyongyang's former policy of "byeongjin", which calls for simultaneously developing its nuclear program and economy, if the us did not start lifting sanctions.
President Donald Trump said Wednesday the U.S.is "in no rush" after talks between his top diplomat and a senior North Korean envoy were postponed, throwing stalled diplomacy over the North's nuclear weapons into further uncertainty.
Kim Yong Chol is a general and former top intelligence chief.
He said Dunford only meant that "the Defense Department is in support of the State Department when it comes to the ongoing diplomatic negotiations with North Korea".
The meeting comes with the two sides at loggerheads almost five months after the summit, in which Trump and Kim pledged to work toward the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula. The document envisaged new restrictions on supplying oil and oil products and demanded that all countries deport North Korean labor migrants in the next 24 months.
North Korea anxious to jack up its tourism revenue appears to be aggressively promoting the symbols of inter-Korean summit talks, such as Pyongyang cold noodles, the border peace village of Panmunjom and Mount Paekdu, to potential foreign tourists.
Kim met South Korean President Moon Jae-in three times this year.
South Korea's presidential office said the government would later announce its stance over the postponed meeting, but South Korean news agency Yonhap said South Korean officials were notified by the US of the postponement before it was announced in Washington.
Pompeo was reportedly incensed in September at a military agreement between the two Korea's, with South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha saying Pompeo called her twice in one day to express his displeasure because he felt he had not been adequately briefed.
The U.S. State Department statement, the official noted, "has a calm tone", adding that the South Korean government "will continue to try to play a role in enabling momentum in dialogue". It followed Moscow's move to ban the adoption of a report by UNSC panel on restrictions against North Korea, the so-called 1718 Sanctions Committee, until some changes are introduced to it.