North Korea blames US for blackmailing, rising tension in UN talks

Large-scale joint U.S. and South Korean military exercises are taking place on the Korean Peninsula
Large-scale joint U.S. and South Korean military exercises are taking place on the Korean Peninsula
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09 December, 2017

Chinese experts said Feltman's visit is "necessary and constructive" to ease heightening tensions on the peninsula, and it will help magnify the UN's role in resolving the peninsula's nuclear issue as an global organization, reported the China Daily.

While the Security Council has strengthened sanctions against North Korea, 13 countries, including Angola, Cuba, Iran, Myanmar and Syria, were found to have military ties with Pyongyang, which continues nuclear and missile development programs.

North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency only reported Ri met with Feltman, without providing any information about what they discussed.

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.

Feltman arrived in Pyongyang on Tuesday for a four-day visit.

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

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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.

The Chinese are praising Feltman's visit to North Korea.

U.S. State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert has said Feltman is not visiting Pyongyang on behalf of Washington. When asked about remarks by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov that North Korea wants direct talks with the United States 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".

The message comes amid a mixture of hardline and more moderate positions on Pyongyang within the Trump administration since North Korea's ICBM test launch on November 29.

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


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