Antonio Guterres spoke by telephone with deputy ambassador Kim In Ryong on Tuesday, the North Korean mission to the UN said in a statement on Thursday.
North Korea’s rapid progress in developing nuclear weapons and missiles capable of reaching the US mainland has fuelled a surge in tensions in recent days.
The US and South Korea have prepared for more joint military drills, angering the North, and experts said Pyongyang could still go ahead with its plan.
Concern that North Korea is close to achieving its goal of putting the mainland US within range of a nuclear weapon heightened tensions in recent months.
Using North Korea to produce cheap clothes shows that for every door that is closed by ever-tightening UN sanctions, another one may open.
Hyeon Soo Lim, was sentenced to hard labor for life in December 2015 on charges of attempting to overthrow the Pyongyang regime.
Chinese President Xi Jinping told Trump that the North Korean nuclear issue needs a peaceful resolution on a telephone call and called on the “relevant side” to exercise restraint, state television said.
Guam posted emergency guidelines on Friday to help residents prepare for any potential nuclear attack after North Korea threatened to fire four missiles near the US territory’s shores.
The comments from the influential Global Times came after US President Donald Trump stepped up his rhetoric against North Korea again on Thursday
North Korea freed a Canadian pastor serving a life sentence on humanitarian grounds hours after Trump warned he would counter North Korea’s threats with “fire and fury”.
Both leaders need to immediately work to de-escalate the situation and direct their diplomats to engage in an adult conversation designed to resolve tensions.
The sharp increase in tensions rattled financial markets and prompted warnings from US officials not to engage in slanging matches with North Korea.
The US-drafted resolution bans North Korean exports of coal, iron, iron ore, lead, lead ore and seafood.
Speaking to the UN Security Council, China’s UN ambassador Liu Jieyi also urged North Korea to “cease taking actions that might further escalate tensions.”
A ban on travel by US passport holders to North Korea will take effect on September 1 and Americans in the country should leave before that date, the US State Department said on Wednesday.
Given North Korea’s comfort with isolation, it’s odd that the US can’t think of any other way of dealing with the country than to increase that isolation.
US President Donald Trump said on Saturday he was “very disappointed” China had done “nothing” for Washington with regards to North Korea.
North Korea’s latest test of an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) has shown that Pyongyang now may be able to reach most of the continental US, two US officials said on Monday.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un personally supervised the midnight launch of the missile on Friday night and said it was a “stern warning” for the US.
South Korea will deploy 4 additional THAAD units in response to the test, but China objects to the move as it believes THAAD radars can penetrate deep into its territory
The estranged half brother of dictator Kim Jong Un was murdered in dramatic fashion in Kuala Lumpur, his face smeared with with VX, a chemical considered to be weapon of mass destruction by the UN.
Vladimir Putin, who has repeatedly denied the conclusions of US intelligence agencies that Moscow interfered using cyber warfare methods, has threatened retaliation against the legislation.
“Fairy tales come true in Paju”, is the advertising lure from the Korean Tourism Board. But it was nightmares that were all too true here during the Korean war, when Paju featured some of its fiercest battles.
After defecting to South Korea, Choi Seong-guk found that escaping from the North was only the beginning of his challenges as a refugee.
The House is set to vote on sanctions covering Russia, Iran and North Korea under which Trump must submit to Congress a report on proposed actions that would “significantly alter” US foreign policy.
US ambassador Joseph Yun’s trip to Myanmar underlined continuing US worries over North Korean links that date back to Myanmar’s decades of military rule.
South Korea’s proposed military talks aimed at easing tension between the two Koreas planned for Friday failed after the North snubbed the call.
The US argue that Pyongyang fired an intercontinental ballistic missile, while Russia contends it was just a medium-range one, which hamstrings the US effort to push for stronger sanctions.
The Transitional Justice Working Group’s report was based on interviews with 375 North Korean defectors from the isolated state over a period of two years.
Ambassador Joseph Yun met Myanmar’s state counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi and the military’s commander in chief in the capital, Naypyitaw, on Monday.
The offer comes after North Korea claimed to have conducted the first test of an intercontinental ballistic missile, and to having figured out how to mount a nuclear warhead on the missile.
He won the election touting his deal-making expertise, and there is an acute need of it, from North Korea to the Middle East. But beware of the fine print.
According to official sources the sanctions will target “low-hanging fruit” Chinese entities – small financial institutions and “shell” companies linked to North Korea’s nuclear and missile programs
Past indelicacies put aside, the pair met for over an hour and a half, and had “substantive discussions” about joint action on North Korea and trade issues.
Washington has said it is ready to use force if need be to stop North Korea’s weapons programs but it prefers global diplomatic action to avert catastrophe.
The US, Britain France and others pledged commitment to a decades-old Non-Proliferation Treaty instead, boycotting the talks.
Trump is considering “severe things” for North Korea, which on Tuesday test launched an intercontinental ballistic missile which could threaten US territories.
Thursday’s flight from Guam came as US President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping likely prepare to meet on the sidelines of the G20 summit.
Nikki Haley told the Security Council that North Korea’s actions were “quickly closing off the possibility of a diplomatic solution.”
The provocative test comes as the leaders from the Group of 20 nations are due to discuss steps to rein in Pyongyang’s weapons programmes.