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UN Political Chief Meets N. Korean Foreign Minister on 4-day Trip

07 Décembre 2017

UN Undersecretary-General for Political Affairs Jeffrey Feltman, left, talks with North Korean Vice Foreign Minister Pak Myong Guk at the People's Palace of Culture in Pyongyang, North Korea Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017.

North Korean officials rarely brief the media on the content of discussions with foreign dignitaries.

Feltman, an American citizen and former State Department official, arrived in Pyongyang on Tuesday.

The spokesman said that the political chief would address "issues of mutual interest and concern" with North Korean officials, leading to anticipation that the visit could defuse geopolitical tensions.

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Six U.N. agencies, with about 50 global staff, are represented in the North.

Though Feltman previously worked for the State Department, he is not representing the US government.

Feltman's trip marks the first high-ranking visit to the North by a United Nations official since his predecessor Lynn Pascoe traveled there in February 2010 and former United Nations humanitarian chief Valerie Amos visited in October 2011.

UN Political Chief Meets N. Korean Foreign Minister on 4-day Trip