North Korea said that the visit of Jeffrey Feltman, the undersecretary-general for political affairs at the UN, helped the communist nation and UN understand each other deeply, and the two sides agreed to have regular communications at various levels, according to the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA).
"Noting the urgent need to prevent miscalculations and open channels to reduce the risks of conflict, Mr Feltman underlined that the global community, alarmed by escalating tensions, is committed to the achievement of a peaceful solution", it added.
"He also said there can only be a diplomatic solution to the situation, achieved through a process of honest dialog". "They. agreed that the current situation was the most tense and unsafe peace and security issue in the world today". On Nov. 29, it test-fired an intercontinental ballistic missile which it said was its most advanced yet, capable of reaching the mainland United States.
"The UN delegation expressed its readiness to make a contribution to the relaxation of the tension on the peninsula under the UN Charter which stipulates the mission of the UN based on the guarantee of worldwide peace and security", the report added.
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Kim Hyun-uk of the Korea National Diplomatic Academy said the dialogue will not make a significantly positive impact on the peninsula, given North Korea's standing position on nuclear weapons. He arrived in Pyongyang on Tuesday for a stay expected to last four or five days.
"But at the same time it can be seen that hopes for peace have yet to extinguished".
KCNA, North Korea's state run news service, said Saturday this latest development is a result of a senior U.N. official's recent visit to the isolated nation.
Analysts in South Korea say the visit is a significant gesture for North Korea. The Pentagon has mounted repeated shows of force after North Korean tests.