NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said that the issue of the alliance’s engagement in the settlement of the North Korean nuclear problem had not been discussed during his visit to Washington, in an interview with Welt am Sonntag newspaper published on Saturday.

At the same time Stoltenberg noted that Pyongyang with its missile and nuclear tests undermined peace and stability on the Korean peninsula.

Stoltenberg visited the United States on April 11-13 and held his first meeting with US President Donald Trump in the White House.

The situation on the Korean peninsula have aggravated over recent months since North Korea carried out a series of missile launches and nuclear tests. Earlier on Saturday, Pyongyang launched a suspected intermediate-range ballistic missile from a site north of the country’s capital. Japan, South Korea and the United States said the test appeared to have failed after the missile broke up within North Korean territory.

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