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UN chief says planned US-NKorea summit shows vision

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UN Antonio today welcomed the announcement of a planned summit between the and North Korea, saying the breakthrough showed "leadership and vision."

has repeatedly called for talks to address the crisis over North Korea's nuclear and missile tests, which the UN has described as the most pressing global security threat.

agreed on Thursday to a first face-to-face meeting with North Korean leader Un, which could take place by the end of May.

"is encouraged by the announcement of an agreement" to hold a summit meeting, said UN

"He commends the leadership and vision of all concerned," he added.

In December, Guterres dispatched his political chief, Jeffrey Feltman, to to urge to open a dialogue on ending the crisis.

Feltman, however, was then told by that "now was not the time" for talks, even if the North Korean officials agreed it was important to avoid war.

The 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.

-- Pyongyang's sole ally -- and argue that sanctions alone will not push to change course and have repeatedly called for stepping up diplomatic efforts to achieve a solution.

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First Published: Sat, March 10 2018. 00:20 IST