Senior UN official in North Korea to meet top leaders

Senior UN official in North Korea to meet top leaders

Senior UN official in North Korea to meet top leaders

United Nations envoy Jeffrey Feltman, a former high-level U.S. State Department official, is not carrying any message from the U.S. government while visiting North Korea for talks on behalf of the world body, the State Department said on Tuesday.

Reuters 1246 "The visit is a response to a long-standing invitation from the authorities in Pyongyang for policy dialogue with the U.N. We were able to confirm the visit last Thursday, November 30th".

Feltman, the highest-ranking American in the U.N. Secretariat, is the first person in that post to visit North Korea since February 2010. United Nations spokesman Stephane Dujarric said Monday that Feltman will discuss "issues of mutual interest and concern" with Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho and Vice Minister Pak Myong Guk during his visit, which ends on Friday. -South Korea joint air force exercise involving hundreds of fighter jets and tens of thousands of troops. The visit was first said to have been discussed on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in September, but not confirmed until recently.

Analysts say it is unclear whether the missile survived re-entry into the earth's atmosphere or could successfully deliver a warhead to its target - key technological hurdles for Pyongyang.

Stealth jets, other aircraft fly in US, South Korean drills
McMastersaid Saturday that the chances of war between North Korea and the United States are "increasing every day ". North Korea has warned that a "reckless" joint military drill by the US and South Korea could spark a nuclear war.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and U.S. President Donald Trump, meanwhile, have traded insults and engaged in escalating rhetoric in recent months.

On Monday, the United States and South Korea launched their biggest-ever joint air exercise - maneuvers slammed by Pyongyang as an "all-out provocation".

Some Trump advisers say USA military options are limited when Pyongyang could launch an artillery barrage on the South Korean capital - only around 50 kilometres from the heavily-fortified border and home to 10 million people.

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