Russian Federation says ready to exert influence on North Korea: RIA

Dec 09, 2017, 10:39
Russian Federation says ready to exert influence on North Korea: RIA

"The tense situation of the peninsula is entirely ascribable to the United States hostile policy and nuclear threat and blackmail against North Korea".

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

It is the first trip of a UN Political Affairs chief to North Korea since his predecessor, also Lynn Pascoe visited in February 2010.

"I would give an enthusiastic welcome to your Pyongyang visit", Ri, North Korea's former top nuclear negotiator who became foreign minister past year, told U.N. Undersecretary General for Political Affairs Jeffrey Feltman.

There is also a possibility North Korea invited Feltman to request an easing of sanctions, following statements from a North Korean delegation to the United Nations Industrial Development Organization, or UNIDO, on November 28, condemning the embargoes.

The United States and South Korea responded with a show of force conducting their largest ever joint air exercise which was a five-day showcase of aircraft and jet fighter capabilities.

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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 US hostility and nuclear threats.

The trip, made in response to an invitation from Pyongyang, comes almost a week after the North test-fired a new intercontinental ballistic missile it says is capable of reaching the USA mainland.

Pyongyang is seeking USA recognition as a nuclear weapons state. Although not representing the USA 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.

He made the rare visit at the invitation of Pyongyang amid heightened tensions sparked by the North's November 29 test of a new intercontinental ballistic missile that it claims is capable of striking anywhere on the USA mainland.

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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