UN chief hopes for agreement to visit North Korea soon

By Associated Press EDITH M. LEDERER 17 December 2015, 12:00AM

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says he’s in discussions with North Korean officials about visiting the country and hopes soon to reach an agreement on a date.

Ban said at a news conference Wednesday that he is ready to use his position to do “whatever it may take for peace and stability and reconciliation on the Korean peninsula.”

Ban, a former South Korean foreign minister, noted some encouraging developments between the two Koreas, including an agreement on reunions for separated families.

He noted the lack of breakthroughs at high-level talks between the rival countries earlier this month but said “we should not be frustrated” and expressed hope that continued talks would lead to reconciliation.

By Associated Press EDITH M. LEDERER 17 December 2015, 12:00AM

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