United Nations faces uphill course to broker North Korea talks

UN envoy arrives in North Korea as nuclear tensions soar

Jeffrey Feltman, the world body's undersecretary-general for political affairs, left for Pyongyang Tuesday after a stopover in Beijing the day before.

The spokesman said that Feltman's trip was in response to an invitation extended by the North during the UN General Assembly in September, adding the visit was fixed late last week.

US Ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley said last week that while Washington does not seek war with Pyongyang, "if war comes, make no mistake, the North Korean regime will be utterly destroyed". Asked about Feltman's visit, a spokesman for the U.S. Mission to the United Nations said that "while our focus remains on finding a peaceful diplomatic solution, the reality is that the regime has shown no interest in credible negotiations".

Pyongyang ramped up already high tensions on the Korean Peninsula five days ago when it announced it had successfully test-fired a new ICBM, which it says brings the whole of the continental United States within range.

A Cathay Pacific crew spotted what was "suspected to be the re-entry" of the missile as they flew from San Francisco to Hong Kong, the airline said.


An official from the South Korean government welcomed the move, saying that the government hopes this opportunity leads North Korea to open dialogue with the global community.

In recent years, Pyongyang has accelerated its drive to bring together nuclear and missile technology capable of threatening the United States, which it accuses of hostility.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and U.S. President Donald Trump, meanwhile, have traded insults and engaged in escalating rhetoric in recent months.

The U.S. and South Korea started joint military drills Monday.

Tokyo's parliament yesterday slammed the North's weapons programme as an "imminent threat".

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