Classifieds | Archives | Jobs | About TGT | Contact | Subscribe
 | 
Last updated 0 minute ago
Printer Friendly Version | TGT@Twitter | RSS Feed |
HOME LOCAL MIDEAST ASIA WORLD BUSINESS SPORT OPINION WRITERS
UN envoy meets North Korean foreign minister
December 07, 2017
 Print    Send to Friend

PYONGYANG: A senior United Nations official on a rare high-level visit to North Korea held talks with the North’s foreign minister on Thursday.

Jeffrey Feltman, the UN undersecretary-general for political affairs, met with Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho on the second full day of the highest-level UN visit to the North since 2010. He arrived in Pyongyang on Tuesday for a stay expected to last four or five days.

It’s not immediately known what the two discussed.

According to North Korea’s state-run media, Feltman discussed UN assistance and operations in North Korea along with “other matters of mutual concern” during a meeting with the vice foreign minister on Wednesday. Six UN agencies, with about 50 international staff, are represented in the North.

The visit by Feltman, an American citizen and former State Department official, comes amid high tensions on the peninsula fanned by tough talk and posturing by Pyongyang and Washington. The North recently launched its most advanced missile to date and the US and South Korea are now holding joint exercises with some of the world’s most powerful fighter aircraft.

North Korea’s official news agency on Wednesday quoted an unnamed Foreign Ministry spokesman strongly criticising senior US administration officials’ “bellicose remarks” and the ongoing military exercises.

“The remaining question now is: when will the war break out,” it said.

Though the North’s state media are prone to publishing alarmist rhetoric, North Korean authorities have regularly criticized the UN for its sanctions resolutions, insisting Pyongyang has the sovereign right to test missiles, nuclear devices and launch satellites.

In a speech to the UN 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 US hostility and nuclear threats.

Associated Press

Add this page to your favorite Social Bookmarking websites
Comments
 
Post a comment
 
Name:
Country:
City:
Email:
Comment:
 
    
    
Other Latest News
New moon: China to launch lunar lighting in outer space
BEIJING: China is planning to launch its own ‘artificial moon’ by 2020 to replace streetlamps and lower electricity costs in urban areas, state media reported on Friday. ..
Federal National Council calls for protecting migrants’ rights
GENEVA: The Federal National Council has called for ensuring protection of migrants’ rights and regulating immigration aground the world while laying special focus on the..
Flash floods in Tunisia leave 5 dead, 2 missing
TUNIS: Flash flooding in Tunisia has killed at least five people while a further two are unaccounted for, the interior ministry said on Thursday. Two died in the Kef ..
Jan Egeland to step down from UN post
GENEVA: A day after the UN envoy for Syria announced his planned departure, the head of the humanitarian taskforce for the war-ravaged country said Thursday he would also..
FRONTPAGE
 
GALLERY
 
PANORAMA
 
TIME OUT
 
SPORT
 
 
Advertise | Copyright