HEADLINE UN official calls for open channels to cut conflict risks in Korean Peninsula

HEADLINE

UN official calls for open channels to cut conflict risks in Korean Peninsula

By Yin Miao | People's Daily app

13:42, December 10, 2017

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UN Undersecretary for Political Affairs Jeffrey Feltman. File Pohto

A UN official said Saturday that "sincere dialogue" is the only way the Korean Peninsula situation can be solved.

UN Undersecretary for Political Affairs Jeffrey Feltman issued the statement following his visit to North Korea from December 5 to 8.

Feltman met with RI Yong Ho, Minister for Foreign Affairs, and Pak Myong Guk, Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs. They exchanged views on the Korean Peninsula and agreed that the current situation is the world’s most tense and dangerous peace and security issue.

Feltman stressed the need to fully implement all relevant UN Security Council resolutions, but also to prevent miscalculations and open channels to reduce the risks of conflict.

He added that the international community, alarmed by escalating tensions, is committed to the achievement of a peaceful solution to the situation on the Korean Peninsula.  

North Korea is pursuing nuclear and missile weapons programs in defiance of UN sanctions and international condemnation. On Nov. 29, it test-fired an intercontinental ballistic missile which it said was its most advanced yet, capable of reaching the mainland United States, Reuters reported.

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