North Korean am­bas­sador says UN chief should visit

Metro Canada (Winnipeg) - - METRO NEWS -

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.

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