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‘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.

Senior United Nations official Jeffrey Feltman speaks with North Korean Vice Foreign Minister Pak Myong Guk (not pictured) at the People's Palace of Culture in Pyongyang on 6 December 2017. Picture: AFP

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.”