February 9, 2018 / 5:34 PM / 10 months ago

U.N. chief met briefly with North Korean president in South Korea: U.N.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in toasts with U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and North Korea's nominal head of state Kim Yong Nam at the Winter Olympic reception in Pyeongchang, South Korea February 9, 2018. Yonhap via REUTERS

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres met briefly with North Korea’s ceremonial leader Kim Yong Nam while attending the opening ceremony for the Winter Olympics in South Korea, a U.N. spokesman said on Friday.

“He did have a brief exchange with President Kim in which he once more reiterated ... that his expectation and hope is that all parties will use dialogue to achieve a peaceful denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula,” U.N. spokesman Farhan Haq told reporters.

Reporting by Michelle Nichols

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