Senior UN official in North Korea to meet top leaders

N. Korean diplomat meets U.N. official

UN Undersecretary-General for Political Affairs Jeffrey Feltman, left, talks with North Korean Vice Foreign Minister Pak Myong Guk at the People's Palace of Culture in Pyongyang, North Korea Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017.

The Federation Council press service reported that during the conversation, the Federation Council committee head and the North Korean ambassador to Russia exchanged opinions on the massive drills now conducted by the USA and South Korea, as well as on North Korea's missile nuclear program.

The report said the two sides exchanged views on cooperation between the North and the U.N. Secretariat and U.N. assistance to the country, as well as other issues of mutual concern.

The meeting between Jeffrey Feltman and Ri Yong-ho took place barely a week after North Korea launched its most sophisticated intercontinental ballistic missile to date, an action that may lead to a new round of UN Security Council sanctions, Efe news reported.

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

U.S. State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert has said Feltman is not visiting Pyongyang on behalf of Washington. "He's not traveling on behalf of the USA government and he's not traveling -I want to make this clear - with any kind of message from the US government".

But the United States has said it is not interested in talks with North Korea until it abandons its nuclear ambitions.

"We have never sought war with North Korea and still today we do not seek it", she said.