49 nations have violated UN sanctions on North Korea

U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon fighter aircraft assigned to the 36th Fighter Squadron participate in an elephant walk during Exercise VIGILANT ACE 18 at Osan Air Base Republic of Korea Dec. 3 2017

"The tense situation of the peninsula is entirely ascribable to the U.S. hostile policy and nuclear threat and blackmail against North Korea".

The UN official was scheduled to meet other representatives of the North Korean regime to discuss matters of mutual interest and concerns.

A senior United Nations official has visited a children's food factory and a hospital in Pyongyang during his high-profile trip to the reclusive country, the North's state media reported Friday.

Feltman's visit to the North was made known in Pyongyang's state media on Friday, South Korean television network SBS reported.

The Chinese are praising Feltman's visit to North Korea.

South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff said the Guam-based bomber simulated land strikes at a military field near South Korea's eastern coast during a drill with USA and South Korean fighter jets.




On Wednesday, he met with North Korean Vice Foreign Minister Pak Myong-guk and Russian Ambassador to Pyongyang Alexander Matsegora.

North Korea invited Feltman for a "policy dialogue" when Ri was in NY in September for the U.N. General Assembly, according to a U.N. spokesman.

Feltman's trip is being closely watched to see whether it will influence North Korea to curb its incendiary behavior and draw the United Nations into a role as mediator in the increasingly tense situation, especially between Pyongyang and Washington. But US State Department Spokesperson Heather Nauert expressed a somewhat different perspective during the daily press briefing on December 7.

"Through the drill, the South Korean and USA air forces displayed the allies' strong intent and ability to punish North Korea when threatened by nuclear weapons and missiles", the South Korean military said in a statement.

In comments attributed to an unnamed Foreign Ministry spokesman, North Korea also claimed high-ranked US officials, including CIA Director Mike Pompeo, have further confirmed American intent for war with a series of "bellicose remarks".

The visit by Feltman, an American citizen and former State Department official, comes amid high tensions on the peninsula fanned by tough talk and posturing by Pyongyang and Washington.

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