United Nations envoy bound for North Korea as tensions soar

United Nations envoy bound for North Korea as tensions soar

Feltman is now the United Nations undersecretary-general for political affairs.

A United Nations delegation led by UN under-secretary-general for political affairs Jeffrey Feltman, arrived here Tuesday afternoon for a four-day visit to the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK).

A senior United Nations official who is visiting North Korea was not carrying a message from the US government, the State Department said Tuesday. Feltman's predecessor, Lynn Pascoe, visited the North in 2010.

The responding to a "long-standing invitation" from Pyongyang, but the visit comes at a time of great tension on the Korean Peninsula.

Feltman will be in the country till Friday for a wide-ranging discussion on policy issues with North Korean authorities and analyse "issues of mutual interest and concern", Efe news quoted Stephane Dujarric, spokesman for UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, as saying on Monday night. -South Korea joint air force exercise involving hundreds of fighter jets and tens of thousands of troops. But Dujarric would not say if Feltman would meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un during his trip.

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A Cathay Pacific crew spotted what was "suspected to be the re-entry" of the missile as they flew from San Francisco to Hong Kong, the airline said.

North Korean state media has hit back with a flurry of its own colourful insults, calling Trump a "dotard", a "frightened dog" and a "gangster".

The visit by Feltman follows the dispatch last month by China of its highest-level envoy to North Korea in two years.

Some Trump advisers say United States military options are limited when Pyongyang could launch an artillery barrage on the South Korean capital - only around 50 kilometres from the heavily-fortified border and home to 10 million people.