DPRK might be digesting United Nations message: UN official

DPRK might be digesting United Nations message: UN official

Feltman, a veteran American diplomat who is the United Nations undersecretary-general for political affairs, said he told the North Koreans "they need to signal that they're willing now to go in a different direction, to start some kind of engagement, to start talking about talks".

The United Nations (UN) says tension on the Korean peninsula is the world's most risky security issue and must be resolved fast and diplomatically to avoid war. But I think we have left the door ajar.

He said he underscored the need to prevent miscalculation and reduce the risk of conflict.

"They listened seriously to our arguments. they argued with us", Feltman said.

Feltman described his visit as "constructive and productive" and said the North Koreans agreed to continue a dialogue.

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson offered on Tuesday to begin direct talks with North Korea without pre-conditions, backing away from U.S. demands that Pyongyang must first accept that any negotiations would have to be about giving up its nuclear arsenal.

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"That's why I am reluctant to say now what is the impact of our visit, what is the impact of our pressing to move forward in the political track because they need time to digest and consider how they will respond to our message", he said.

At the news conference, Feltman also said he had held discussions with United Nations colleagues and the diplomatic community during his visit to Pyongyang, discussing, among other things, the impact global sanctions were having on humanitarian aid.

Feltman also said the DPRK and the UN Secretariat shared views on the necessity of a "policy dialogue" given the "urgency" of the issue, but that they were yet to discuss details. The smuggling is done by ship-to-ship transfers, he said, suggesting that foreign vessels are moving the goods on the high seas to North Korean ships that take them ashore. On November 28 North Korea test-fired a nuclear-capable missile that showed the potential to strike anywhere on the continental United States.

He said he urged the DPRK to signal readiness to consider a different direction, to consider engagement, to talk about talks. "They agreed it was important to prevent war".

Feltman stressed the need for relevant Security Council resolutions to be implemented, saying a diplomatic solution could be achieved through honest dialogue. But he and his team sought to get them to understand that whatever problems there are between Pyongyang and Washington, North Korea has a larger issue to deal with - "which is that the global community does not accept its nuclear program".

Feltman stressed that United Nations assistance is saving lives and said the lack of funding reinforces North Korean feelings "that the worldwide community is inherently hostile to the DPRK".

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