That wasn't what many had anticipated.
Washington, on Wednesday, renewed its call for North Korea's new leadership to make clear signals that it will honor a denuclearization agreement signed in 2005.
Speaking at the National Bureau of Asian Research Kurt Campbell, the assistant secretary of state for East Asia said that relations on the Korean peninsula should move forward with the North 'reaching out' to the South.
Campbell stressed the importance of reducing tensions especially in the wake of March's deadly sinking of the navy corvette Cheonan for which the South holds the North responsible.
In 2005 North Korea promised to demantle its nuclear program under the six party talks in return for aid and security.
However it left the talks last year and reportedly wants to be treated as a nuclear power.