Foreign news media report that a senior United Nations official on a rare high-level visit to North Korea held talks with the North’s foreign minister on Thursday.
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.
It’s not immediately known what the two discussed but Korean Peninsula issues, including the North's nuclear and missile programs, are expected to have been on the agenda.
Japan's Kyodo News said the North Korean foreign minister welcomed the UN official's visit to Pyongyang.
Making the highest-level UN visit to the North since 2010, Feltman arrived in Pyongyang Tuesday for a four-day visit through Friday.
On Wednesday, he met with North Korean Vice Foreign Minister Pak Myong-guk and Russian Ambassador to Pyongyang Alexander Matsegora.
His visit comes amid high tensions on the Korean Peninsula following North Korea's intercontinental ballistic missile launch last Wednesday.
Feltman is the most senior UN official to visit the North in more than six years since his predecessor Lynn Pascoe visited in February 2010 and former UN humanitarian chief Valerie Amos in October 2011.