Corrected: Russia says ready to exert influence on North Korea - Ifax
- Author: Tracy Klein Dec 09, 2017,
Dec 09, 2017, 10:36
The Associated Press said that Jeffrey Feltman, UN undersecretary-general for political affairs, met with Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho on the second day of his visit.
While the Security Council has strengthened sanctions against North Korea, 13 countries, including Angola, Cuba, Iran, Myanmar and Syria, were found to have military ties with Pyongyang, which continues nuclear and missile development programs.
A flag is pictured outside the Permanent Mission of North Korea in Geneva, Switzerland, November 17, 2017.
According to North Korea's state-run media, Feltman discussed United Nations assistance and operations in North Korea along with "other matters of mutual concern" during a meeting with the vice foreign minister on Wednesday.
Russia has communication channels with North Korea open and Moscow is ready to exert its influence on Pyongyang, RIA news agency quoted Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Igor Morgulov as saying on Tuesday.
When North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un and U.S. President Donald Trump were exchanging personal insults and threats of war, Ri told reporters that his country could test a powerful hydrogen bomb over the Pacific Ocean. He met North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho and visited United Nations project sites amid heightened tensions sparked by the North's Nov 29 test of a new intercontinental ballistic missile that it claims is capable of striking anywhere on the U.S. mainland.
His visit comes amid high tensions on the Korean Peninsula following North Korea's intercontinental ballistic missile launch last Wednesday.
Joseph Yun, the senior U.S. representative for North Korea Policy, speaks at a December 7 end-of-year gathering jointly organized in Washington, D.C., by the Korea Foundation and George Washington University Institute for Korean Studies.
In a speech to the U.N. General Assembly in September, Foreign Minister Ri defended his country's missile and nuclear programs as a "righteous self-defensive measure" in the face of USA hostility and nuclear threats.