Published: Mon, December 11, 2017
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

United Nations envoy meets North Korean regime official in rare…

United Nations envoy meets North Korean regime official in rare…

When asked about remarks by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov that North Korea wants direct talks with the USA about its security, Nauert said, "As a general matter the issue of direct talks with North Korea is not on the table until they are willing to denuclearize".

During his visit to North Korea earlier this week, UN Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs Jeffrey Feltman assured the country's leadership of the worldwide community's commitment to peaceful solution of the North Korean issue, the UN Secretary General's office said on Saturday.

The high-profile visit came amid increasing tensions in the region after North Korea conducted its latest ballistic missile test at the end of last month.

During his visit on December 5-8, Feltman met with North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho and Deputy Foreign Minister Pak Myong Guk.

Feltman "emphasised the need for the full implementation of all relevant Security Council resolutions" and reiterated that "there can only be a diplomatic solution to the situation, achieved through a process of honest dialogue".

"Time is of the essence", he said.

Pyongyang reiterated its view that these manoeuvres were a provocation on Saturday, accusing the drills of "revealing its intention to mount a surprise nuclear pre-emptive strike against the DPRK", using the acronym for the country's official name.

Last month's missile test prompted a USA warning that North Korea's leadership would be "utterly destroyed" if war were to break out.

A top United Nations official just wrapped up his four-day tour of North Korea in what has been described as a rare event as Pyongyang engaged in direct talks with such a high-ranking official. But according to diplomatic sources, he is scheduled to brief the UN Security Council on Tuesday afternoon in a possibly closed-door meeting.

Kim Hyun-uk of the Korea National Diplomatic Academy said the dialogue will not make a significantly positive impact on the peninsula, given North Korea's standing position on nuclear weapons.

North Korean state media earlier said current tensions were "entirely ascribable to the U.S. hostile policy".

North Korea blamed U.S.

North Korea requested this week's visit, the United Nations. said.

A senior United Nations official left Pyongyang on Saturday after four days of talks with the North Korean Foreign Ministry.

China has repeatedly called for a de-escalation of tensions on the Korean Peninsula, including a freeze in the North Korean nuclear program in exchange for the halt of United States and South Korean military drills.

"We hope that there the American colleagues will clarify how they see further development and in which direction".

CNN's Kristina Sgueglia, Richard Roth and Joshua Berlinger contributed tot his report.

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