‘Tension on Korean peninsula world’s most dangerous security issue’
UN under-secretary-general for political affairs Jeffrey Feltman has stressed the need for UN Security Council resolutions to be implemented in the Korean peninsula.
CAPE TOWN - The United Nations (UN) says tension on the Korean peninsula is the world's most dangerous security issue and must be resolved fast and diplomatically to avoid war.
UN under-secretary-general for political affairs Jeffrey Feltman visited the reclusive nation last week, the first trip there by a top UN official in six years.
During his visit, he met with North Korean foreign affairs minister Ri Yong Ho.
Their meeting came at a particularly tense time, a week after North Korea tested an advanced long-range missile and South Korea conducted military drills with its ally, the US.
Feltman stressed the need for relevant Security Council resolutions to be implemented, saying a diplomatic solution could be achieved through sincere dialogue.
“I think if there will be an opportunity for a meaningful dialogue between the two, that opportunity must be seized. I don’t think it will be undermined just because there is a tweet or declaration from one side or the other.”