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

Lazo Kim | Daily Texan Staff Lazo Kim | Daily Texan Staff
Andrew Cummings | 18 October, 2017, 00:45

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.

"Conventional war with North Korea would be catastrophic both in lost lives and monetary cost...", Reed said. The two diplomats will join their South Korean counterpart in Seoul for further talks Wednesday on North Korea.

In the midst of these strong threats from North Korea, the US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, on Sunday, said that diplomatic efforts with North Korea will continue until the first bomb drops on the US mainland.

Last month, the UN Security Council imposed caps on North Korea's imports of oil to punish Pyongyang for its sixth and most powerful nuclear test on September 3.

North Korea's deputy United Nations ambassador warned on Monday that the situation on the peninsula "has reached the touch-and-go point and a nuclear war may break out any moment".

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"As long as one does not take part in the U.S. military actions against the DPRK (North Korea), we have no intention to use or threaten to use nuclear weapons against any other country", according to Kim's prepared remarks for the discussion on nuclear weapons.

The European Union has announced new sanctions against the country after it emerged they'd been developing nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles.

Of course, no sane person, including Donald Trump, wants to see a nuclear World War 3, and it seems that North Atlantic Treaty Organisation is keen to encourage Trump to find a diplomatic solution. "We must, however, with our allies, Japan and South Korea and elsewhere, be prepared for the worst should diplomacy fail", he said.

Tension between the US and North Korea have escalated in recent months with Kim ramping up the country's nuclear armament, touting its intercontinental ballistic missiles could strike the U.S.

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