"Noting the urgent need to prevent miscalculations and open channels to reduce the risks of conflict, Mr Feltman underlined that the worldwide community, alarmed by escalating tensions, is committed to the achievement of a peaceful solution", it added.
"He also said there can only be a diplomatic solution to the situation, achieved through a process of honest dialogue". "They. agreed that the current situation was the most tense and unsafe peace and security issue in the world today".
The listed individuals include Kim Su-kwang, a North Korean intelligence agent based in Belarus; Kim Kyong-Hyok, a First Credit Bank representative in Shanghai; Pak Chol-nam, a First Credit Bank representative in Beijing; Ri Ho-nam, a Ryugyong Commercial Bank representative in Beijing; and Ji Sang-jun, an official of Korea Kumgang Group Bank in Moscow.
The announcement is line with the United Nations Security Council's Resolution 2375, which focused mostly on curbing the North's imports of oil products.
He was also quoted by RIA as saying that North Korea was seeking a direct dialogue with the United States on its nuclear programme, while it was not in need of security guarantees either from China or Russian Federation. In their last test on November 29, North Korea test-fired an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) that had a range of hitting anywhere in the United States.
Feltman did not speak to reporters upon arriving back from Pyongyang at Beijing airport on Saturday morning after spending four days in North Korea.
State media also said Feltman visited a Pyongyang maternity hospital and a "disease prevention" facility, but left out mention of details around his meeting with foreign ministry officials.
Japan is to acquire medium-range, air-launched cruise missiles, capable of striking North Korea, a controversial purchase of what will become the longest-range munitions of a country that has renounced the right to wage war.
"But at the same time it can be seen that hopes for peace have yet to extinguished".
South Korea and the United States have meanwhile been carrying out large-scale military drills in a show of force. The Pentagon has mounted repeated shows of force after North Korean tests.