North Korea open for U.S. dialogue, says Russia's Lavrov

09 December, 2017, 10:40 | Author: Brian Mcdaniel
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Ri held a conversation with Feltman, who also paid a courtesy visit to the Supreme People's Assembly (North Korea's Parliament).

Feltman's visit to the North was made known in Pyongyang's state media on Friday, South Korean television network SBS reported.

Making the highest-level United Nations visit to the North since 2010, Feltman arrived in Pyongyang Tuesday for a four-day visit through Friday.

South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff said the Guam-based bomber simulated land strikes at a military field near South Korea's eastern coast during a drill with US and South Korean fighter jets.

A flag is pictured outside the Permanent Mission of North Korea in Geneva, Switzerland, November 17, 2017. When asked about remarks by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov that North Korea wants direct talks with the U.S. about its security, Nauert said, "As a general matter the issue of direct talks with North Korea is not on the table until they are willing to denuclearize".

North Korea open for U.S. dialogue, says Russia's Lavrov

In a speech to the U.N. General Assembly in September, Foreign Minister Ri defended his country's missile and nuclear programs as a "righteous self-defensive measure" in the face of USA hostility and nuclear threats.

Japan's Kyodo News said the North Korean foreign minister welcomed the United Nations official's visit to Pyongyang.

U.S. State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert has said Feltman is not visiting Pyongyang on behalf of Washington. Although not representing the US on this mission, it could be seen playing a role in the very active diplomacy now going on behind the scenes between Russia, China, South Korea, North Korea and the Trump Administration.

Feltman's visit began just a week after North Korea launched its most sophisticated intercontinental ballistic missile to date, an action that may lead to new sanctions by the Security Council.

Analysts in South Korea say the visit is a significant gesture for North Korea. "And if war comes, make no mistake, the North Korean regime will be utterly destroyed".

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