Norwegian diplomats have been visiting North Korea in an attempt to win the country’s vote in the battle to get a UN Security Council seat, VG reports.
The Foreign Ministry confirmed that diplomats from the Norwegian embassy in Seoul, South Korea, had a meeting in North Korea.
Norwegian UN delegates have also had occasional contact with North Korea’s UN delegation.
Norway is trying to secure a seat in the UN Security Council in 2021. The other candidates are Canada and Ireland.
“We are presenting Norwegian politics and our candidacy to the UN Security Council to all UN member states and through these two meeting points we have presented our candidacy to North Korea,” State Secretary Jens Frølich Holte (H) told the newspaper.
Holte emphasizes to the newspaper that Norway’s political line towards the country has not changed.
“Norwegian policy towards North Korea is firm. We are deeply concerned about the serious violations of human rights and the humanitarian situation. We urge North Korea to abandon its nuclear programme as well as halt the development and testing of ballistic missiles. This has been conveyed to North Korea,” he said.
Holte would not answer VG’s question whether North Korea had said it would support the Norwegian candidacy.
© NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today