UK minister declares now NOT the time to negotiate with North Korea amid rising tensions

Saturday, August 26, 2017
By Paul Martin

THE current situation in North Korea shows that now is not the time to negotiate with Kim Jong-un’s regime, a UK minister has declared.

Sat, Aug 26, 2017

Mark Field, the Foreign Office’s minister for Asia and the Pacific, revealed scepticism over proposed talks between South Korea, the US and other key stakeholder nations over Pyongyang’s evolving nuclear and missile programme.

Mr Field said: “Formal negotiations at some point will be part of the solution but not necessarily now.

“A mix of sanctions and broad diplomacy at some point, one hopes, will be able to get people to the negotiating table.

“[But] I don’t think we are at that point at the moment.”

The Conservative MP added: “We want to do both things together. Effective sanctions often do bring recalcitrant nations to come forward… and have rational discussions about their activities going forward.

“I recognise that we may have to go for further UNSC [United Nations Security Council] sanctions at some point in the future.”

Mr Fields made the comments during a three-day visit to South Korea, where is expected to visit the Demilitarised Zone (DMZ) – the border between North Korea and the South – later today.

His comments came before North Korea launched three short-range ballistic missiles towards the Sea of Japan on Friday night and early Saturday morning.

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