Russia warns war on the Korean peninsula will be ‘catastrophic’ as China and South Korea urge Trump and Kim to end their verbal feud

Tuesday, September 26, 2017
By Paul Martin

Ri Yong-ho, North Korea’s Foreign Minister, made the shock claims in New York
He said whole world should ‘clearly remember it was the US’ who declared war
Chinese Foreign Minister said a war would lead to no winners on the peninsula
South Korea has accepted Pyongyang would continue its aggressive rhetoric
Defence Secretary Jim Mattis said his goal was ‘to solve this diplomatically’

26 September 2017

Russia has warned a war on the Korean peninsula would have ‘catastrophic consequences’ as China and South Korea have urged Trump and Kim to end their feud.

The Kremlin’s foreign ministry said it is working ‘behind the scenes’ on finding a political solution to the North Korea crisis, according to government official Mikhail Ulyanov who also said the US approach to North Korea was a dead end and the tool of sanctions against the North had almost been exhausted.

The Asian nations urged the United States to help dial down tensions with the North after Pyongyang accused President Donald Trump of declaring war yesterday.

Speaking in Beijing, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said war on the Korean peninsula would have no winner.

His South Korean counterpart Kang Kyung-wha accepted Kim Jong-un would inevitably ramp up the aggressive rhetoric and said: ‘It is imperative that we, Korea and the US together, manage the situation in order to prevent further escalation of tensions or any kind of accidental military clashes which can quickly go out of control.’

Yesterday, North Korea’s Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho made the shock claim that Trump had declared war on North Korea, a statement branded ‘absurd’ by the White House.

After the White House took the unusual step of denying it had opened the door to conflict with the nuclear-armed Asian nation, Defence Secretary Jim Mattis said Washington’s goal was ‘to solve this diplomatically’.

‘We maintain the capability to deter North Korea’s most dangerous threats but also to back up our diplomats in a manner that keeps this as long as possible in the diplomatic realm,’ he said in New Delhi after talks with his Indian counterpart.

Speaking today, Lu said: ‘We hope the US and North Korean politicians have sufficient political judgment to realise that resorting to military force will never be a viable way to resolve the peninsula issue and their own concerns.

‘We also hope that both sides can realise that being bent on assertiveness and provoking each other will only increase the risk of conflict and reduce room for policy manoeuvres. War on the peninsula will have no winner.’

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