North Korea cancels UN chief visit

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UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon. UN Photo/Evan Schneider

The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea or North Korea has cancelled a planned trip to the country by the UN Secretary-General.

Ban Ki-moon was due to visit the Kaesong Industrial Complex, a joint project of North and South Korea, on Thursday.

Daniel Dickinson reports

The two countries have continued to endure strained relations following the division of Korea in 1945.

Concern over the development of nuclear weapons by DPRK or North Korea has heightened tensions over recent months and years.

No explanation was given for the cancellation which the UN described as a "last-minute change."     

The UN chief, Mr Ban who is a South Korean national, said the decision was "deeply regrettable."

But he said he would not spare any effort to encourage the DPRK to work with the international community for peace and stability on the Korean peninsula.

The visit would have been the first by a UN Secretary-General in more than 20 years.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations

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