Published: Wed, October 18, 2017
Global | By Maureen Mccoy

U.S. official not ruling out N.Korea talks

U.S. official not ruling out N.Korea talks

USA and Japanese diplomats agreed Tuesday to maximize pressure on North Korea to resolve tensions over its nuclear program, while citing the need to be prepared for the worst if diplomacy fails.

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. Even within Trump's administration, there are conflicts over how to deal with North Korea.

Senior officials in President Trump's cabinet have emphasised their preference for diplomacy with North Korea, but remain prepared for the worst.

He added: "Confusion, concern and ultimately ... a lack of confidence" of the United States permeates through the region.

The situation on the Korean peninsula has intensified in recent months, especially after Pyongyang held two ballistic missile tests in July, which both North Korea and the United States claim to be as an intercontinental.

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North Korea says its nuclear weapons are for self-defense, and that Pyongyang is prepared for an increase in sanctions or a US military option.

Donald Trump has previously said that "North Korea best not make any more threats to the United States".

Reed called on Trump to pursue diplomacy, warning of disastrous consequences if the situation deteriorates.

He said: "Threat from North Korea has heightened to levels never seen before". "We need to do everything we can right now to forestall the possibility of war". It is inconceivable that a North Korean sneak nuclear attack could wipe out the US ability to retaliate.

"As long as one does not take part in the USA military actions against the DPRK we have no intention to use or threaten to use nuclear weapons against any other country", read Kim's prepared remarks.

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