"We recognized that an ICBM test at this time might be misconstrued by some as suggesting that we were intending to exacerbate the current crisis with North Korea," the official said. "We wanted to avoid that misperception or manipulation.
"We are committed to testing our ICBMs to ensure a safe, secure, effective nuclear arsenal," the official said. "The test is being rescheduled, likely next month."
Japan, China Prepare for Possible North Korean Missile Test
In Tokyo, Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera is expected to give official orders to intercept any North Korean missiles that might be launched, local media Yomiuri and Kyodo reported.
But the orders will not be made publicly so as not to alarm the Japanese citizens. The ministry has deployed Aegis destroyers equipped with SM-3 interceptors towards the Sea of Japan.
Although China did not directly address North Korea, President Xi Jinping pledged his country will continue to "properly handle differences and frictions" with Asian nations.
He added that no country should throw a region and the world into chaos for selfish gains.
"Countries, whether big or small, strong or weak, rich or poor, should all contribute their share in maintaining and enhancing peace," Xi said during a keynote speech at the Boao Forum for Asia (BFA) in Hainan, China.
The Associated Press contributed to this story.