North Korea and UN Agree to Communicate Regularly
North Korea and the United Nations have agreed to communicate regularly.
KCNA, North Korea's state run news service, said Saturday this latest development is a result of a senior U.N. official's recent visit to the isolated nation.
Jeffrey Feltman, the U.N.'s undersecretary general for political affairs, visited North Korea this week, holding meetings with Foreign Minister Ri Yoing Ho and Vice Minister Pak Myong Guk.
State media said Feltman's visit "contributed to deepening the understanding between the DPRK and the U.N. Secretariat."
Feltman's visit came right after the U.S. and South Korea launched their biggest-ever, annual joint air exercises.
KCNA said Pyongyang considers the joint drills part of a U.S. "scheme to make a surprisingly preemptive nuclear strike" on North Korea.
The U.S. and South Korean exercises, however, came a week after North Korea test-fired a powerful new intercontinental ballistic missile that experts say is capable of reaching the U.S. The new ICBM is one of several missile tests conducted by Pyongyang -- along with a series of nuclear tests -- in defiance of international sanctions.
North Korea is also concerned about the effects international sanctions have had on the delivery of humanitarian aid.
Feltman is the highest ranking U.N. official to visit North Korea since 2010. He flew to Beijing Saturday.
Protesters Lash Out at Trump Across Muslim World
Large crowds of protesters across the Muslim world staged anti-U.S. marches Friday after the United States recognized Jerusalem as Israel's capital, with protests in Gaza leading to the death of one Palestinian man.
The Palestinian, Mahmoud al-Masri, 30, was killed by Israeli soldiers during clashes along the Israel-Gaza border after Palestinians called for a “Day of Rage” to protest the U.S. action.
The Israeli military confirmed that it shot two people in Khan Yunis in southern Gaza, accusing them of being "main instigators" of "violent riots."
Israeli warplanes also struck Hamas military targets in Gaza in response to a rocket fired from the area. The Palestinian health ministry said at least 15 people were injured in the strikes.
Demonstrations also took place Friday in Iraq, Jordan, Syria, Pakistan, Lebanon, Malaysia and Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim-majority country.
The Arab League, comprised of nearly two dozen countries, will meet Saturday in an effort to create a joint position on the matter.
U.S. President Donald Trump announced Wednesday that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel and the United States plans to move its embassy there. Israel considers all of Jerusalem to be its capital. The Palestinians want the eastern part of Jerusalem for its capital of a future independent state.