The White House is seen from the South Lawn in Washington October 17, 2008. REUTERS/Larry Downing

The talks, between senior North Korean foreign ministry envoy Choe Son Hui and former U.S. officials, were scheduled to take place on March 1 and 2 in New York but were called off after Choe was denied a visa, the Journal said.
It was not clear what led the State Department to deny the visa but North Korea’s test-firing of a ballistic missile on Feb. 12 and the murder of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s half brother in Malaysia may have played a role, the report said.
South Korean and U.S. officials have said they believe North Korean agents assassinated Kim Jong Nam, the estranged half brother of Kim Jong Un, on Feb. 13.
A U.S. State Department official denied so-called track two discussions had been scheduled.
“The U.S government had no plans to engage in track 2 talks in New York,” the official said, declining comment on individual visa cases.
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