North Korean ambassador says UN chief should visit
A senior North Korean diplomat said Tuesday he knows nothing about reported plans for a visit to Pyongyang by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, but that if the UN chief does come he should help improve relations between the two Koreas and between the North and the United Nations.
Ri Hung Sik was responding to questions at a news conference Tuesday about a South Korean news report that the UN chief would visit the North Korean capital this week for a possible meeting with leader Kim Jong Un. He repeated twice, “I know nothing.”
But Ri, an ambassador-atlarge in the Foreign Ministry, said, “it is very natural, it is ordinary for the UN secretary-general to visit its member states.”
UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric said Tuesday the secretary-general will not be visiting North Korea this week.