World War 3 fears as INDIA wades into North Korea row – relations at breaking point across

Friday, October 27, 2017
By Paul Martin

THE North Korea nuclear crisis took another turn today when India refused to cut ties with despot Kim Jong-un despite pressure from the United States.

Fri, Oct 27, 2017

North Korea is on relatively friendly terms with India, with both states maintaining embassies in their respective capital cities.

While India is a critic of North Korea’s aim of becoming a nuclear power, the country still exports tens of millions of pounds worth of goods to the hermit state every year.

And a BBC survey in 2014 revealed almost one-quarter of all Indians believe North Korea is having a positive impact on the world.

In recent months the US has been pushing for India to cut ties with North Korea, a request which was slapped down today.

India’s Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj said India only conducted “minimal” trade with North Korea and its embassy staff had already been pared down in recent years.

And in April, in line with UN sanctions due to North Korea’s nuclear tests, India banned almost all trade with the rogue state.

But today India refused to shut downits embassy, which is located in Pyongyang, a move which angered the US.

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said this showed India was not serious about alienating putting pressure on North Korea to end its reckless nuclear war programme.

He said: “I think they just indicated they think that office has a value as a conduit for communications.”

Mr Tillerson said he was working towards better relations with India in spite of this issue.

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