N. Korea Agrees to Regular Communication with UN

N. Korea Agrees to Regular Communication with UN

Feltman's visit came at a time of high tension between North Korea, South Korea, Japan and the United States, sparked by North Korea's frequent missile launches.

Jeffrey Feltman, the highest-level U.N. official to visit North Korea since 2012, met with Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho and Vice Minister Pak Myong Guk, the United Nations said in a statement on Saturday after Feltman arrived back in Beijing.

North Korea regularly threatens to destroy South Korea and the United States and says its weapons programs are necessary to counter US aggression.

State media said Feltman's visit "contributed to deepening the understanding between the DPRK and the U.N. Secretariat".

North Korea's official news agency on Wednesday quoted an unnamed Foreign Ministry spokesman strongly criticizing senior US administration officials' "bellicose remarks" and the ongoing military exercises.

He met North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho and visited United Nations project sites amid heightened tensions sparked by the North's Nov 29 test of a new intercontinental ballistic missile that it claims is capable of striking anywhere on the U.S. mainland.

KCNA said Pyongyang considers the joint drills part of a US "scheme to make a surprisingly preemptive nuclear strike" on North Korea.

Before leaving for Pyongyang, Mr Feltman held talks in China, North Korea's historic ally and main trading partner.

In the report, the news agency also criticized the largest ever South Korea-U.S. aerial exercises, saying the U.S. had revealed its scheme to make a preemptive nuclear strike.

North Korea is also concerned about the effects worldwide sanctions have had on the delivery of humanitarian aid.

Analysts in South Korea say the visit is a significant gesture for North Korea.

It is the first trip of a UN Political Affairs chief to North Korea since his predecessor, also Lynn Pascoe visited in February 2010.