North Korea talks with Senior UN official it wants to prevent war

Vastavam web: A senior UN official returning from Pyongyang has said 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.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.” The UN under secretary-general for political affairs said he urged Pyongyang to “signal that it was prepared to consider engagement” with world powers and that the United Nations could help.A career diplomat who has served in the US State Department, notably on Middle East issues, Feltman said his mission to Pyongyang was “certainly the most important” that he had ever undertaken.