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

An official from the South Korean government welcomed the move, saying that the government hopes this opportunity leads North Korea to open dialogue with the worldwide community.

A senior United Nations official who is visiting North Korea was not carrying a message from the USA government, the State Department said Tuesday.

Feltman will meet with DPRK officials to discuss "issues of mutual interest and concern", said United Nations officials earlier in NY.

The United Nations aims to draw Pyongyang back to the negotiating table by sending a high-ranking official to the reclusive state, but whether the visit will produce any concessions from North Korea remains unclear. Feltman's predecessor, Lynn Pascoe, visited the North in 2010.

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. Countries including the U.S., Japan and South Korea are watching to see what the North will ask of the a mediator to gauge how well the sanctions are working.

Trump announced on November 20 that the United States was returning North Korea to the list of state sponsors of terrorism and promised to intensify a campaign of "maximum pressure" and sanctions as part of a rolling effort to compel Kim's government to negotiate over its nuclear program.

As well as featuring the latest generation of stealth fighters, this year's war games involve simulated precision attacks on the North's military installations, including its missile launch sites and artillery units, Yonhap news agency said, citing unnamed Seoul sources.

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

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