Saturday, 25 November, 2017

Japan, US agree to seek diplomatic solution to Korean Peninsula tensions

A US Navy team has arrived on the peninsula GETTY TARGET LOCKED? A US navy team has arrived on the Korean peninsula
Erik Tate | 18 October, 2017, 00:45

Sen. Jack Reed (D-R.I.), the ranking member on the Armed Services Committee, said the US must exercise diplomatic measures with North Korea to "forestall the possibility of war".

Mr Kim warned that tensions on the peninsula have "reached the touch-and-go point and a nuclear war may break out any moment".

Ambassador, Kim In-ryong, was speaking to the UN General Assembly committee on Monday and stated that North Korea is the only country that has been subjected to an extreme and direct nuclear threat from the USA in over four decades.

To be sure, this might undermine USA ability to respond to an imminent nuclear attack, including from a major power like Russian Federation.

The new sanctions are the latest in a series of global efforts to further tighten the screws on North Korea to try to pressure Pyongyang into abandoning its nuclear and missile programs.

Israel to join USA in quitting Unesco
According to Foreign Policy , France's United Nations ambassador, Fran├žois Delattre, hoped the USA would stay within UNESCO . The critical juncture Fran├žois Delattre referred to may be the selection of UNESCO's new director-general.

"The whole mainland of the United States is within our firing, and if the USA decides to go to our sacred territory, even an inch, it will not save our severe penalties in any part of the globe", he warned.

Last week, Donald Trump, in a series of tweets, said that America's diplomacy with regard to North Korea has failed and that "only one thing will work", triggering speculations that the US President was preparing to launch a military assault on North Korea.

The statement comes on the heels of heightened rhetoric between North Korea and the United States over the past several months.

Diplomacy with North Korea will be fruitless until the rogue nation has developed intercontinental ballistic missiles capable of reaching targets on the United States' eastern seaboard, an official in Pyongyang has declared.

LUXEMBOURG-The European Union banned the sale of oil and oil products to North Korea on Monday, in a largely symbolic move aimed at encouraging countries that have more significant levels of trade with the country to follow suit.

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