Doubts about Washington hinder North Korea deal: Lavrov

North Korea: US military drills likely aimed at provoking the North, Russian minister says

Feltman stressed the need for relevant Security Council resolutions to be implemented, saying a diplomatic solution could be achieved through honest dialogue.

Both the UN delegation and the North Korean representatives acknowledged that Feltman's visit contributed to deepening the understanding between North Korea and the UN Secretariat, and both sides agreed to maintain communications through visits at different levels on a regular basis in the future, North Korea's state-owned news agency added.

The UN Security Council has hit the isolated and impoverished country with a package of sanctions over its increasingly powerful missile and nuclear tests, which have rattled Washington and its regional allies South Korea and Japan.

A top United Nations official told senior North Korean figures there was an "urgent need" to keep channels open to avoid the risk of war, the organisation says.

Uncertainty about the USA administration is weighing on efforts to ease the nuclear crisis with North Korea, which would be willing to negotiate with the United States, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Friday.

Six UN agencies, with about 50 global staff, are represented in the North.

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Jeffrey Feltman arrived in Beijing on Saturday after concluding a five-day visit to Pyongyang aimed at defusing the crisis, just a week after North Korea said it test-fired a new ballistic missile capable of reaching the United States.

The move by Seoul, its second set of unilateral sanctions in a month, was created to cut off worldwide sources of funding for North Korea's nuclear missile programme, a foreign ministry official in Seoul said.

Feltman, the UN's under secretary general for political affairs, visited the country just after the United States and South Korea launched their biggest ever joint air exercise. DPRK is the abbreviation for North Korea's official name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

"But at the same time it can be seen that hopes for peace have yet to extinguished". Secretary Tillerson has made it clear that a good first step for North Korea would be to stop testing nuclear devices and missiles.

The Chinese Foreign Ministry on Saturday published a speech from four days ago by Foreign Minister Wang Yi in which he warned that the Korean Peninsula "remains deeply entrenched in a vicious cycle of demonstrations of strength and confrontation". But according to diplomatic sources, he is scheduled to brief the UN Security Council on Tuesday afternoon in a possibly closed-door meeting.

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