1. SOUNDBITE (English) Robert Palladino, State Department Deputy Spokesperson, reading announcement:
"Secretary of State Michael Pompeo's meeting with officials from the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, scheduled for this week in New York, will now take place at a later date. We will reconvene when our respective schedules permit. Ongoing conversations continue to take place. The United States remains focused on fulfilling the commitments agreed to by President Trump and Chairman Kim at the Singapore summit in June."
2. SOUNDBITE (English) Robert Palladino, State Department Deputy Spokesperson:
"As to the timing, as soon as the information that we had was confirmed, we decided to release it as early as possible."
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Robert Palladino, State Department Deputy Spokesperson:
"Schedules change. Schedules change all of the time, in fact. Sometimes, we make these things public, sometimes as our schedules change, they're not public. This is a case we're dealing with purely a scheduling issue and it's as simple as that."
4. Close of AP Reporter Matt Lee asking question
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Robert Palladino, State Department Deputy Spokesperson:
"Timing. Timing. This has to do, this has to do with timing. As a matter of - we're talking about scheduling and I'll leave it at that... I'm not going to go into details on our discussions with the North Koreans regarding this."
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Robert Palladino, State Department Deputy Spokesperson:
"This is purely a matter of our ability to schedule this. It's as simple as that. There's nothing additional to provide here. President spoke on this earlier today as well. And he's talked about this before. We're not in a rush. We're going to get this right."
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Robert Palladino, State Department Deputy Spokesperson:
"We're in a pretty good place right now. We are confident going forward. Scheduling issues can happen and - but that's OK. We're not going to be driven into artificial timelines. President's been clear. We're not going to - we don't need to rush this. We are going to continue to make progress."
The US State Department said described the postponing of diplomatic talks between the US and North Korea as "purely a matter of scheduling" but refused to elaborate.
The meeting had been due to take place on Thursday in New York. President Donald Trump said on Wednesday that he still expected to hold a second summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un early next year.
Neither side has explained why the planned talks between Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Kim Yong Chol, a key aide of the North Korean leader, were postponed. State Department spokesman Robert Palladino said the meeting would take place at an unspecified later date, "when our respective schedules permit." North Korea's propaganda services have not mentioned the meeting.
There's been little diplomatic progress in the five months since the June summit in Singapore where the U.S. and North Korean leaders committed to "denuclearization" of the divided Korean Peninsula. Signs are growing over an impasse over how to achieve that goal. News of the postponement came after North Korea's Foreign Ministry criticized the U.S. on Friday for its continued support of sanctions and hinted it may resume nuclear development.
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