Published: Thu, December 07, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Senior North Korean diplomat meets United Nations political affairs chief

Senior North Korean diplomat meets United Nations political affairs chief

The Federation Council press service reported that during the conversation, the Federation Council committee head and the North Korean ambassador to Russia exchanged opinions on the massive drills now conducted by the US and South Korea, as well as on North Korea's missile nuclear program.

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

On Wednesday, he met with North Korean Vice Foreign Minister Pak Myong-guk and Russian Ambassador to Pyongyang Alexander Matsegora. Ri held a conversation with Feltman, who also paid a courtesy visit to the Supreme People's Assembly (North Korea's Parliament).

A senior United Nations official met with North Korea's vice foreign minister on Wednesday, the first full day of a four-day trip to Pyongyang.

U.S. State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert has said Feltman is not visiting Pyongyang on behalf of Washington.

"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.

While seeking a diplomatic solution to the nuclear issue, the Trump administration continues to call for more pressure on North Korea.

The visit by Feltman follows the dispatch last month by China of its highest-level envoy to North Korea in two years.

Haley said that with the missile launch, North Korean leader Kim has made a choice "that brings the world closer to war, not farther from it". "And if war comes, make no mistake, the North Korean regime will be utterly destroyed".

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