The U.S. State Department says Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Kim Yong-chol, the head of Pyeongyang's intelligence agency, will meet in NY on Thursday to discuss denuclearization and the implementation of the June 12th summit declaration.
"We will reconvene when our respective schedules permit".
In December previous year, UN Security Council adopted a resolution that imposed tougher sanctions on North Korea after Pyongyang's missile test.
FILE - Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, right, and Kim Yong Chol, a North Korean senior ruling party official, arrive for a lunch at the Park Hwa Guest House in Pyongyang, North Korea, July 7, 2018.
"In terms of the North Korea-US issue, the Democrats also want a diplomatic solution". "Ongoing conversations continue to take place".
On Sunday, Pompeo said he was "not worried" about the North Korean demands and insisted there would be "no economic relief until we have achieved our ultimate objective".
Last Friday, North Korea's Foreign Ministry criticized the USA for its continued support of sanctions and hinted it may resume nuclear development.
Russian Federation said in October it was time to consider the possibility of relaxing the global restrictions against Pyongyang amid commitment expressed by North Korea's leadership to denuclearize of the Korean Peninsula. But we're not in any rush at all.
That decision came after Kim Yong-chol met with Pompeo in NY in May.
"There has already been in the past examples of reports of discussions between the United States and North Korea, so there is no reason to ditch the hope of concern", told reporters a senior official in the ministry. South Korea's foreign ministry said it was not aware of Ri's visit.
Kim Yong Chol is a general and former top intelligence chief.
Pompeo said earlier that he plans to discuss with his counterpart the North Korean leader's promise to allow global inspectors into the nuclear testing site in Punggye-ri and the missile engine testing site in Dongchang-ri to verify their dismantlement.
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".