United Nations envoy meets North Korean foreign minister

Sergio Conner
December 7, 2017

North Korea's vice foreign minister met visiting United Nations political affairs chief Jeffrey Feltman on Wednesday in the North Korean capital, Pyongyang, the North's state media said, APA reports quoting Reuters.

The talks follow North Korea's statement that the endless military drills on its borders and "bellicose remarks" by top USA officials could "provoke" a nuclear war in the region.

Six U.N. agencies, with approximately 50 global staff, are represented in North Korea.

North Korea invited Feltman for a "policy dialogue" when Ri was in NY in September for the U.N. General Assembly, according to a U.N. spokesman.

The most senior American to visit North Korea in an official capacity recently was James R. Clapper, who as director of national intelligence traveled to Pyongyang in late 2014 to secure the release of two American citizens.

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Feltman, a former senior U.S. State Department official, is the highest-level United Nations official to visit North Korea since 2012.

However, Feltman will not be delivering any kind of message from Washington, U.S. State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said Tuesday.

"He's not traveling - I want to make this clear - with any kind of message from the US government", she told reporters on Tuesday during a press briefing.

The spokesman said that the political chief would address "issues of mutual interest and concern" with North Korean officials, leading to anticipation that the visit could defuse geopolitical tensions.

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