Published: Sun, December 10, 2017
Worldwide | By Sean Reid

United Nations political chief concludes visit to N. Korea

United Nations political chief concludes visit to N. Korea

Undersecretary-General for Political Affairs Jeffrey Feltman is scheduled to meet Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho, Vice Minister Pak Myong Guk, diplomats and United Nations staff during his stay.

The United Nations says its political chief and North Korea's foreign minister agree that the current situation on the Korean peninsula is the most risky security issue in the world.

Feltman's visit to the North was made known in Pyongyang's state media on Friday, South Korean television network SBS reported.

Feltman, the highest-ranking American in the U.N. Secretariat, is the first person in that post to visit North Korea since February 2010.

Before leaving for Pyongyang, Mr Feltman held talks in China, North Korea's historic ally and main trading partner.

According to North Korea's state-run media, Feltman discussed United Nations assistance and operations in North Korea in a meeting with the vice foreign minister on Wednesday.

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Despite calls from other world leaders for restraint, this year has seen US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un hurl insults at each other, both at one time saying the other was mad.

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

North Korea "clarified its principled stand on the issues of ensuring peace of the Korean peninsula and the fairness of the UN", state-run Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said in a report.

DPRK is the abbreviation for North Korea's official name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

KCNA stated Feltman visited a children's food plant and listened to explanations regarding the "commendable transformation of the factory into a modern food and beverage production base".

KCNA said Pyongyang considers the joint drills part of a US "scheme to make a surprisingly preemptive nuclear strike" on North Korea.

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