Top UN official meets North Korean Foreign Minister

Dec 09, 2017, 10:37
Top UN official meets North Korean Foreign Minister

Earlier, the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) released a statement of North Korea's foreign ministry official that said that the statements made by American high-profile officials and the joint drills conducted by the US and South Korea show that Washington is trying to trigger war on the Korean Peninsula which North Korea will not be hiding from.

A senior United Nations official on a rare high-level visit to North Korea held talks with the North's foreign minister on Thursday. He is the most senior United Nations official to visit North Korea in more than six years. Also, according to the Russian Embassy in Pyongyang, he met with Ambassador Alexander Matsegora and both sides agreed on the importance of resuming dialogue on the nuclear issue at an early date.

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In a speech to the U.N. General Assembly in September, Foreign Minister Ri defended his country's missile and nuclear programs as a "righteous self-defensive measure" in the face of USA hostility and nuclear threats. The UN said Feltman, who arrived yesterday, is visiting in response to "a long-standing invitation from the authorities in Pyongyang for a policy dialogue with the UN", reports the German DW news service. But US State Department Spokesperson Heather Nauert expressed a somewhat different perspective during the daily press briefing on December 7.

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

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Morgulov was also quoted as saying that North Korea was seeking a direct dialogue with the United States on its nuclear program, while it was not in need of security guarantees either from China or Russian Federation.

North Korea has since labelled this an "all-out provocation" and declared that "bellicose remarks" by USA officials had made the outbreak of war an "established fact", reported The Guardian.

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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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