UN Groundhog Day in Pyongyang. Sung-Yoon Lee. @Tufts @GordonGChang @TheDailyBeast

Dec 07, 04:29 AM


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UN Groundhog Day in Pyongyang. Sung-Yoon Lee. @Tufts @GordonGChang @TheDailyBeast

A senior United Nations official was making a rare visit to North Korea on Tuesday, where he will discuss issues of “mutual concern” after being invited by officials from Pyongyang.

Jeffrey Feltman, the U.N. under secretary-general for political affairs, will discuss "issues of mutual interest and concern" with officials including North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho, U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric said.

The trip comes almost a week after North Korea test-fired a new intercontinental ballistic missile it says is capable of striking the U.S. mainland.

"The visit is in response to a longstanding invitation from the authorities in Pyongyang for policy dialogue with the U.N. It will be a wide-ranging discussion," Dujarric told reporters, according to media reports.

Feltman, a former U.S. diplomat, will be the first high-ranking U.N. official to visit the reclusive nation since former Emergency Relief Coordinator Valerie Amos in 2011.

Feltman will also meet with members of the diplomatic corps and visit U.N. project sites on the four-day visit.


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