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

Elias Hubbard
December 7, 2017

U.N. Undersecretary General for Political Affairs Jeffrey Feltman arrived in the North Korean capital Tuesday, a week after Pyongyang conducted its new intercontinental ballistic missile test. Feltman discussed United Nations assistance and operations in North Korea along with "other matters of mutual concern", North Korean media said, as cited by AP.

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.

Foreign news media report that a senior United Nations official on a rare high-level visit to North Korea held talks with the North's foreign minister on Thursday.

Before the meeting took place, the North Korean official expressed his hope that the discussion would be "full of sincerity", Kyodo News reported.

However, Feltman will not be delivering any kind of message from Washington, U.S. State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said Tuesday. Six UN agencies, with approximately 50 global staff, are represented in the North.

While seeking a diplomatic solution to the nuclear issue, the Trump administration continues to call for more pressure on North Korea. "And if war comes, make no mistake, the North Korean regime will be utterly destroyed".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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