North Korea tells UN envoy it wants to prevent war

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PV International Desk : A senior UN official returning from Pyongyang said Tuesday that North Korean officials had told him it was important to prevent war but offered no concrete proposal for talks.

“They agreed that it was important to prevent war,” Jeffrey Feltman, the UN’s political affairs chief, told reporters after briefing the Security Council on his trip.

Feltman met with North Korea’s Foreign Minister Ri Yong-Ho and Vice Foreign Minister Pak Myong-Kuk during his visit to Pyongyang over the weekend — the first by a high-ranking UN official since 2011.

No followup meeting was agreed during the talks, but Feltman said he told the North Koreans that his visit should be seen as “only the beginning” of a new exchange.

“They listened seriously to our arguments,” said Feltman, though acknowledging that “they did not offer any type of commitment to us at that point.”