United Nations Urges North Korea to ‘Keep Channels Open’

Kim Jong Un Guides Test-fire of Surface-to -surface Medium Long-range Ballistic Missile Photo: KCNA
Kim Jong Un Guides Test-fire of Surface-to -surface Medium Long-range Ballistic Missile Photo: KCNA

After a top UN official’s visit in years, the United Nations has urged in a statement to keep diplomatic channels open with North Korea to avoid war.

The UN said keeping channels open with the North Korean regime is an ‘urgent need’ to avoid the risk of war.

“Noting the urgent need to prevent miscalculations and open channels to reduce the risks of conflict, Mr. Feltman underlined that the international community, alarmed by escalating tensions, is committed to the achievement of a peaceful solution to the situation on the Korean Peninsula,” the statement reads.

The UN statement came after Jeffrey Feltman, Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs, paid a visit in Pyongyang marking the highest-level visit in North Korea by any UN official in years.

The UN said keeping channels open with the North Korean regime is an ‘urgent need’ to avoid the risk of war.

The statement said that the UN Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs and the North Korean Foreign Minister “exchanged views on the Korean Peninsula and agreed that the current situation was the most tense and dangerous peace and security issue in the world today.”

Mr. Feltman emphasized “the need for the full implementation of all relevant Security Council resolutions.  He also said there can only be a diplomatic solution to the situation, achieved through a process of sincere dialogue. Time is of the essence.”

The North Korean government said it has agreed to maintain regular communications with the United Nations.

The already boiled North Korean tension was in the state of explosion after Pyongyang tested a fresh ballistic missile last week which North Korea described as its most advanced missile capable of reaching the United States continental.

The test came as part of North Korea’s series of missile tests defying international sanction and prompting a risk of war.

The North Korean media, however, demanded that the ongoing tensions between the U.S. and the North Korean regime were “entirely ascribable to the US hostile policy.”

The North Korean media, however, also reported that both sides, after the top UN visit, agreed to maintain “communication through visits at different level on a regular basis in the future”.


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