SEOUL, March 27 (UPI) -- A North Korean official has urged the United States to end sanctions and pressure on Pyongyang, NHK reported Tuesday.
Ri Jong-hyok, a member of the North's Supreme People's Assembly, spoke on Monday at the Inter-Parliamentary Union meeting in Geneva.
Ri said the North's efforts to improve relations with the South and achieve peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula is now enjoying a "broad spectrum of support" around the world.
While he did not mention the anticipated summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and Kim in May, he said it is time for Washington to halt its hostile policy of sanctions and pressure.
During his stay in Geneva for the five-day conference, the Pyongyang official is said to have met with delegates from Syria and Mongolia which have friendly ties with the North, and was presented with a gift from a South Korean legislator.