Nuclear war may break out any time, warns North Korea

Katrina Barker
October 18, 2017

North Korea issued a strong warning to countries at the United Nations on Monday, stating that the countries all across the globe will be safe from retaliation unless they join the United States in military action against the Pyongyang.

The EU said the new steps were taken because of the "persistent threat to global peace and stability" posed by North Korea's government.

The US is not ruling out the eventual possibility of direct talks with North Korea, Deputy Secretary of State John J. Sullivan says, hours after Pyongyang warned nuclear war might break out at any moment.

"Unless the hostile policy and the nuclear threat of the USA is thoroughly eradicated, we will never put our nuclear weapons and ballistic rockets on the negotiation table under any circumstance", Kim In Ryong told UN General Assembly's committee on disarmament.

European Union foreign ministers also agreed in Luxembourg not to renew work permits for North Koreans in the European Union while lowering the ceiling for an individual remittance to North Korea to 5,000 euros ($5,900) from 15,000 euros. In an interview with Bloomberg, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said that finding a diplomatic solution to the conflict between the USA and North Korea is essential.

"The whole mainland of the U.S. 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.

"This is a hard way, but we restated Russia's position and our opinion that apart from the talks, apart from search for yet political and diplomatic solutions in hard conditions, the situation will continue aggravating, which may have serious consequences for North Korea regarding the humanitarian component", Matvienko stressed.

The problem seems to be that no one has a coherent strategy to deal with the threat that would be posed by a North Korea with nuclear weapons. The diplomat added that this year North Korea has become "a full-fledged nuclear force that holds carriers of varying reach, including atomic and hydrogen bombs, as well as intercontinental ballistic missiles".

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