UN Envoy Urges Peace on N.Korean Officials

  • By Kim Deok-han

    December 11, 2017 10:28

    A senior UN envoy says North Korean officials agreed with him that "the current situation was the most tense and dangerous peace and security issue in the world today."

    UN Under Secretary-General for Political Affairs Jeffrey Feltman made the remarks on returning from a trip to North Korea last Saturday.

    Feltman started his visit to the North on Dec. 5.

    UN Under Secretary-General for Political Affairs Jeffrey Feltman (center) arrives in Beijing on Saturday. /Yonhap

    He said he exchanged views with North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho and Vice Foreign Minister Pak Myong-guk.

    Feltman emphasized "the need for the full implementation of all relevant Security Council resolutions," according to a UN secretariat statement. "He also said there can only be a diplomatic solution to the situation, achieved through a process of sincere dialogue. Time is of the essence."

    The statement also quoted him as "noting the urgent need to prevent miscalculations and open channels to reduce the risks of conflict."

    The statement makes no mention of what the North Koreans told him.

    But Japanese media said his demand that the regime stop its nuclear weapons and missile programs fell on deaf ears.

    Feltmnan did not answer questions from reporters on arrival at Beijing Airport that day.

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