Senior UN official to visit North Korea this week

06 December, 2017, 00:23 | Author: Garry Little
  • U.N. official visits Pyongyang

Jeffrey Feltman, the world body's undersecretary-general for political affairs, left for Pyongyang Tuesday after a stopover in Beijing the day before.

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". The last person holding Feltman's position to travel to Pyongyang was B. Lynn Pascoe in 2010, the United Nations.

Pyongyang sent tensions soaring on the Korean Peninsula five days ago when it announced it had successfully test-fired a new ICBM, which it says brings the whole of the continental U.S. within range. Twelve thousand service members and 230 aircraft, including stealth fighters and bombers, are participating in the drills, during which allied air assets will conduct simulated strikes on hundreds of mock North Korean targets, such as nuclear and missile sites, as well as mobile missiles.

In a separate message to staff, Cathay general manager Mark Hoey said the crew described seeing the missile "blow up and fall apart", The South China Morning Post reported.

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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 visit was first said to have been discussed on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in September, but not confirmed until recently.

The UN envoy is also planning to see foreign diplomats and UN workers in the North on humanitarian missions, Dujarric said. The launch heightened tensions between the North and the United States, highlighted by months of insults between the regime and President Donald Trump.

Tokyo's parliament yesterday slammed the North's weapons programme as an "imminent threat".

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