The statement comes as a meeting between secretary of state Mike Pompeo and senior North Korean officials in NY scheduled for Thursday, was cancelled at the last minute, while Trump declared he was "in no rush" to advance talks.
"The US explained to us that North Korea had asked the US to delay the meeting because their schedules were very hectic", Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha said at a parliamentary session on Thursday. "Through various communication channels between South Korea and the United States, we were aware of this in advance". "The North side said 'both of our schedules are busy, so let's postpone, '" Kang said, citing what she was told by the United States. After his June meeting with Kim, Trump raised security jitters in Seoul by abruptly canceling major US military exercises with South Korea which North Korea had termed invasion rehearsals.
Kang said she is arranging a phone call with her USA counterpart, Pompeo.
U.S. State Department spokesman Robert Palladino said the postponement was "purely a scheduling issue" but refused to elaborate.
President Trump has insisted that he will hold a second summit with Kim Jong-un early next year despite North Korea's abrupt abandonment of talks that had been scheduled to take place today between its senior negotiator and the U.S. secretary of state.
Many officials in the USA administration want to take time in setting up a summit because they're trying to get something more substantial after widespread criticism that Trump made large concessions to Kim in the first summit without getting much in return, said Park Hyeong-jung, an analyst from the Korea Institute for National Unification in Seoul. It's a two-way street. "We're in no rush". "There's no rush whatsoever", he said.
"The US maintains the position that it would maintain maximum pressure until the North produces visible progress on denuclearisation and so does the global community including the EU", Chung Byoung-gug told the JoongAng Ilbo newspaper.
North Korea is getting increasingly upset with the U.S. for its refusal to offer sanctions relief and personal friction between U.S. and North Korean negotiators that may be slowing progress, CNN reported, citing a source familiar with the situation.
North Korea closed down its nuclear test site but shows no signs of reducing its nuclear arsenal and diplomacy between Washington and Pyongyang appears to be deadlocked.
North Korea has demanded the United States take "corresponding measures" in return for steps it has already taken.
The president pointed to the return of three American citizens formerly detained in Pyongyang, as well as the remains of USA servicemen from the Korean...
Washington wants the North to take more concrete, irreversible steps to denuclearize.
The figure comes as Seoul and Washington follow increasingly divergent approaches to Pyongyang, with the South pursuing engagement while the USA insists pressure on it should be maintained until it denuclearises.