Декабря 13, 2017


United Nations envoy not carrying USA government message on North Korea visit

06 Декабря 2017, 12:27 | Nichole Osborne

United Nations envoy not carrying USA government message on North Korea visit

UN envoy arrives in North Korea as nuclear tensions soar

Jeffrey Feltman, undersecretary-general for political affairs, traveled to Pyongyang in response to an invitation by the North for a policy dialogue with the U.N. He is expected to meet with officials including Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho. United Nations spokesman Stephane Dujarric said Monday that Feltman will discuss "issues of mutual interest and concern" with Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho and Vice Minister Pak Myong Guk during his visit, which ends on Friday.

Dujarric avoided going into detail about the matters to be discussed in those conversations, only saying that a wide range of subjects would be touched upon.

Feltman, the highest-ranking American in the U.N. Secretariat, is the first person in that post to visit North Korea since February 2010. Previously he served as US assistant secretary of state for Near Eastern affairs.

It will be the first visit by a high-level United Nations official to the North since 2011. A delegation headed by State Department Special Representative Joseph Yun flew to Pyongyang to oversee the release of American college student Otto Warmbier in June this year.

North Korea has staged six increasingly powerful atomic tests since 2006 - most recently in September - which have rattled Washington and its key regional allies South Korea and Japan.

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US President Donald Trump has engaged in months of tit-for-tat rhetoric with Kim, pejoratively dubbing him "Little Rocket Man" and a "sick puppy".

But North Korea has objected vociferously to Security Council sanctions.

As well as featuring the latest generation of stealth fighters, this year's war games involve simulated precision attacks on the North's military installations, including its missile launch sites and artillery units, Yonhap news agency said, citing unnamed Seoul sources.

Six U.N. agencies, with approximately 50 worldwide staff, are represented in North Korea. It wasn't clear what progress, if any, was made during that visit to ease a rift that has also been widening between Beijing and Pyongyang.

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