The U.N. political affairs chief received a warm welcome on Thursday as he held talks with North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho, with Pyongyang's nuclear and missile programs likely high on the agenda.
December 6, 2017 (EIRNS)-While the USA provocative air force exercises continue, UN Undersecretary General Jeffrey Feltman is in Pyongyang for four days of talks on "issues of mutual concern" with top North Korean officials, including Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho, Vice Minister Pak Myong Guk, diplomats, and UN staff in the country.
According to North Korea's state-run media, Feltman discussed United Nations assistance and operations in North Korea along with "other matters of mutual concern" during a meeting with the vice foreign minister on Wednesday.
Feltman arrived in Pyongyang on Tuesday for a four-day visit.
When North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un and U.S. President Donald Trump were exchanging personal insults and threats of war, Ri told reporters that his country could test a powerful hydrogen bomb over the Pacific Ocean.
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North Korea's official news agency on Wednesday quoted an unnamed Foreign Ministry spokesman strongly criticizing senior USA administration officials' "bellicose remarks" and the ongoing military exercises.
North Korea invited Feltman for a "policy dialogue" when Ri was in NY in September for the U.N. General Assembly, according to a U.N. spokesman.
Feltman was expected to leave Pyongyang on a North Korean Air Koryo passenger jet to land in Beijing on Saturday.
Indications of North Korea's willingness emerged following a Russian parliamentary delegation visited the North Korean leadership around the end of November.
North Korea has since labelled this an "all-out provocation" and declared that "bellicose remarks" by United States officials had made the outbreak of war an "established fact", reported The Guardian.
Pyongyang is seeking US recognition as a nuclear weapons state.