UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres today welcomed the announcement of a planned summit between the United States and North Korea, saying the breakthrough showed "leadership and vision."
Guterres has repeatedly called for talks to address the crisis over North Korea's nuclear and missile tests, which the UN chief has described as the most pressing global security threat.
"He commends the leadership and vision of all concerned," he added.
Feltman, however, was then told by Pyongyang that "now was not the time" for talks, even if the North Korean officials agreed it was important to avoid war.
The UN Security Council has imposed tough economic sanctions aimed at choking off revenue to Pyongyang's military programs after Kim's regime carried out a sixth nuclear test and a series of advanced missile launches.