UN under secretary general for political affairs Jeffrey Feltman, attends a press conference in Bogota on 15 November 2017

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Mr Feltman is just not anticipated to fulfill North Korean chief Kim Jong-un

The United Nations political affairs chief is because of arrive in Pyongyang on Tuesday for a uncommon go to.

The journey by Jeffrey Feltman is the primary by a senior UN official in six years.

North Korea had prolonged an invite to the UN in September to go to for a “coverage dialogue”.

It comes after final week’s launch of what North Korea referred to as its “most powerful” intercontinental ballistic missile, claiming it might hit the US.

Mr Feltman, a former US diplomat and the very best rating American within the UN, will likely be in Pyongyang till Friday. His go to comes as South Korea and the US conduct their largest ever spherical of aerial drills.

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A UN spokesman advised reporters that Mr Feltman will likely be assembly senior officers together with international minister Ri Yong-ho. He’s not scheduled to fulfill North Korean chief Kim Jong-un.

The invitation, first informally issued in September, was confirmed on 30 November – the day after North Korea launched its most up-to-date missile.

The BBC’s Paul Adams in Seoul says within the absence of another significant diplomatic channels, the UN clearly believes it is vital to pursue no matter alternatives exist for dialogue.

The final go to by a senior UN official was when Valerie Amos, then the UN’s aid chief, travelled there in October 2011. Mr Feltman’s predecessor Lynn Pascoe additionally visited in 2010.

The journey by Mr Feltman comes throughout a interval of excessive tensions following North Korea’s check launch of a missile which drew one other spherical of worldwide condemnation.

The US ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley had said last week that if conflict broke out, the North Korean regime could be “totally destroyed”.

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The US has deployed F-22 fighter jets to participate in drills with South Korea

On Monday South Korea and the US started a five-day air fight train, their largest ever involving greater than 200 aeroplanes and 1000’s of troops.

North Korea, which routinely condemns such drills, has referred to as it a “provocation”.