Donald Trump says he's 'in no rush' after North Korea talks postponed

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo right and Kim Yong Chol a North Korean senior ruling party official and former intelligence chief arrive for a lunch at the Park Hwa Guest House in Pyongyang North Korea

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had been set to meet on Thursday in NY with a top North Korean official to arrange a new summit between Kim and Trump, who held a landmark meeting in June in Singapore.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (right) and Kim Yong-chol, North Korean senior ruling party official and former intelligence chief, arrive for a lunch at the Park Hwa Guest House in Pyongyang July 7, 2018.

"We will reconvene when our respective schedules permit", she added in a statement.

While U.S. and South Korean officials had expressed hope the talks could make some progress - including laying the groundwork for a second Trump-Kim meeting - North Korea has in recent weeks stepped up calls for sanctions relief.

The joint statement is the product of the historic summit last June between President Trump and Chairman Kim Jong-Un, which includes discussions of building stable peace on the Korean Peninsula.

After years of self-imposed isolation, and sanctions for its development of nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles, North Korea has this year been trying to build its foreign contacts.

That meeting, and Kim Yong-chol's subsequent visit with Trump at the White House, led the US president to put the summit back on for June 12 in Singapore.

Pompeo was supposed to travel to NY on Thursday to meet with his North Korean counterpart, Kim Yong Chol.

Kim Eui-kyeom, the Blue House spokesman, said in a briefing Wednesday, "I don't believe that the postponement [of the high-level talks] means that the North-U.S. negotiations have become null or lost momentum or direction".

The two leaders agreed to work toward the "complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula" when they met for the first time on June 12 in Singapore.

"We are going to make it another day", he said.

But Pompeo abruptly postponed the talks in NY.

Vigilant Ace, suspended this month, is one of several such exercises halted to encourage dialogue with Pyongyang, which has criticised joint US-South Korea exercises in the past. "We're in no rush".

A North Korean tourism industry official recently told the Chosun Sinbo that Panmunjom, where Moon and Kim held their first summit in April, is the most popular tourist destination in the North.

North Korea and the U.S. are engaged in negotiations to rid the Korean Peninsula of nuclear weapons in return for corresponding measures by the US. The Wall Street Journal reported earlier that North Korea canceled the meeting while the State Department was preparing visas for the visiting delegation. It also has returned the remains of US troops killed in the 1950-53 Korean War.

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