SEOUL, South Korea said Tuesday it has decided to postpone high-level talks with France this week on the North Korean nuclear issue.

The announcement came just a day after the Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued a press release on a plan by Lee Do-hoon, the country's top nuclear envoy, to visit France for the session.

It cited Lee's busy preparations for inter-Korean summit talks to be held in Pyongyang next week.

"Regarding this, (we) gave an explanation in detail to the French side," the ministry said, adding the two sides agreed to schedule a new date later.

It did not confirm whether Lee, special representative for Korean Peninsula peace and security affairs, will be among President Moon Jae-in's entourage.

In Seoul, Lee had talks with his American counterpart Stephen Biegun earlier Tuesday. They are expected to meet again here late this week or early next week.

South Korea launched the high-profile consultations with France in January 2017 and had the second session in December the same year.

Source: Yonhap News Agency