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Korea foreign minister meets senior United Nations official in Pyongyang

Korea foreign minister meets senior United Nations official in Pyongyang

Feltman, a former U.S. State Department official, reportedly met with North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho and vice foreign minister Park Myong Guk, but was unable to secure a meeting with the North Korean leader, News 1 reported Friday.

The UN Undersecretary General for Political Affairs, Jeffrey Feltman, on Saturday concluded his five-day visit to North Korea, during which both parties agreed to remain in regular contact.

It's not immediately known what the two discussed but Korean Peninsula issues, including the North's nuclear and missile programs, are expected to have been on the agenda.

North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho had a meeting with a senior United Nations official in Pyongyang, the North's official news agency KCNA reported Thursday.

A senior United Nations official has visited a children's food factory and a hospital in Pyongyang during his high-profile trip to the reclusive country, the North's state media reported Friday. The North recently launched its most advanced missile to date and the US and South Korea are now holding joint exercises with some of the world's most powerful fighter aircraft. Feltman, who left Pyongyang earlier today, has yet to comment on his trip.

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North Korea hates such displays of American military might at close range and typically uses strong language to condemn them as invasion rehearsals.

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 has since labelled this an "all-out provocation" and declared that "bellicose remarks" by USA officials had made the outbreak of war an "established fact", reported The Guardian.

B-1Bs flyovers have become an increasingly familiar show of force to North Korea, which after three intercontinental ballistic missile tests has clearly moved closer toward building a nuclear arsenal that could viably target the USA mainland.


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