Korea foreign minister meets senior United Nations official in Pyongyang

Dec 09, 2017, 10:37
Korea foreign minister meets senior United Nations official in Pyongyang

North Korean state media said Saturday that UN Undersecretary General for Political Affairs Jeffrey Feltman, who was in the North this week, also expressed a willingness to ease tensions on the Korean peninsula.

It's not immediately known what the two discussed but Korean Peninsula issues, including the North's nuclear and missile programs, are expected to have been on the agenda.

December 6, 2017 (EIRNS)-While the USA provocative air force exercises continue, UN Undersecretary General Jeffrey Feltman is in Pyongyang for four days of talks on "issues of mutual concern" with top North Korean officials, including Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho, Vice Minister Pak Myong Guk, diplomats, and UN staff in the country.

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The comments were carried by the official Korean Central News Agency late Wednesday, hours after the United States flew a B-1B supersonic bomber over South Korea as part of a massive combined aerial exercise involving hundreds of warplanes.

Feltman was a leading official in the U.S. State Department from 2009-12, before moving to the UN.

When North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un and U.S. President Donald Trump were exchanging personal insults and threats of war, Ri told reporters that his country could test a powerful hydrogen bomb over the Pacific Ocean.

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Japan's Kyodo News said the North Korean foreign minister welcomed the United Nations official's visit to Pyongyang.

He made the rare visit at the invitation of Pyongyang amid heightened tensions sparked by the North's November 29 test of a new intercontinental ballistic missile that it claims is capable of striking anywhere on the USA mainland.

A flag is pictured outside the Permanent Mission of North Korea in Geneva, Switzerland, November 17, 2017.

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"North Korea has confirmed that Pyongyang is not interested in escalation of the conflict or military action, but it is not afraid of war, as it was formulated in yesterday's statement of [North Korea's] Ministry of Foreign Affairs", Kosachev said.