World War 3: Time is running out to prevent military conflict exploding in Korea

Thursday, September 28, 2017
By Paul Martin

WAR with North Korea is “a real possibility” because “time is not on diplomacy’s side,” a respected military thank tank warned yesterday.

Thu, Sep 28, 2017

And the conflict would cause as many casualties as the Vietnam or Iraq Wars – even without nuclear weapons – said the Royal United Services Institute.

The pressure for US action is growing because North Korea’s nuclear threat is developing every day.

The report, by Professor Malcolm Chalmers, said: “Some of Trump’s key advisers may believe … that it is now or never for the US to take military action.”

He said the UK must urge the US to reject plans for a pre-emptive strike and instead push for a solution through sanctions and diplomacy.

But he said that if the US did decide to attack North Korea, the UK would have to decide almost instantly where it stood.

Prof Chalmers, who advised the Blair Governments on foreign affairs, wrote: “The UK government would have, at most, only a few hours to make clear how it stood on what would be one of the most momentous strategic shocks of the post-Cold War era.

“Its decision would have as profound an impact on the UK’s international standing, and on its domestic politics, as the fateful decision to stand ‘shoulder to shoulder’ with the US in the run up to the 2003 invasion of Iraq.”

“But there would be no time for multiple consultations and deliberations before positions had to be taken. The die would be cast on Day One.”

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