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United Nations envoy gets North Korean foreign minister's "enthusiastic welcome"

United Nations envoy gets North Korean foreign minister's

A suspension of nuclear and missile tests would be a "good first step", says Joseph YunJoseph Yun, the senior U.S. representative for North Korea Policy, said a "60-day plan" for dialogue with Pyongyang is still valid.

The UN official was scheduled to meet other representatives of the North Korean regime to discuss matters of mutual interest and concerns.

It is the first trip of a UN Political Affairs chief to North Korea since his predecessor, also Lynn Pascoe visited in February 2010.

Ri held a conversation with Feltman, who also paid a courtesy visit to the Supreme People's Assembly (North Korea's Parliament). The North recently launched its most advanced missile to date and the US and South Korea are now holding joint exercises with some of the world's most powerful fighter aircraft. Such ties with North Korea include military training, and the import and export of weapons.

Pyongyang is seeking US recognition as a nuclear weapons state. When asked about remarks by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov that North Korea wants direct talks with the United States about its security, Nauert said, "As a general matter the issue of direct talks with North Korea is not on the table until they are willing to denuclearize".




"He's not traveling - I want to make this clear - with any kind of message from the US government", she told reporters on Tuesday during a press briefing.

But the United States has said it is not interested in talks with North Korea until it abandons its nuclear ambitions.

Morgulov was also quoted as saying that North Korea was seeking a direct dialogue with the United States on its nuclear program, while it was not in need of security guarantees either from China or Russian Federation.

"We have never sought war with North Korea and still today we do not seek it", she said.

He made the rare visit at the invitation of Pyongyang amid heightened tensions sparked by the North's November 29 test of a new intercontinental ballistic missile that it claims is capable of striking anywhere on the US mainland.

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