What is North Korea's greatest threat

UN diplomats warn - North Korea conflict is the greatest threat to security

UN diplomats are certain: The situation on the Korean peninsula is currently the greatest threat to peace and security in the world.

A diplomatic solution to the growing tensions urgently needs to be found, representatives of North Korea and the United Nations agreed, according to a UN statement on Saturday.

UN Under-Secretary-General Jeffrey Feltman warned that Pyongyang must respect UN Security Council resolutions. A diplomatic solution can only be found through “serious dialogue”. “Miscalculations” would have to be prevented in order to avoid a conflict.

Feltman met with North Korea's Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho and his deputy Pak Myong Guk earlier this week. The last time a UN representative of his rank visited North Korea was in 2010. It remained unclear whether Feltman also got together with ruler Kim Jong Un.

Tensions in the region had increased significantly in recent months after North Korea tested rockets several times and another atomic bomb in early September, violating UN resolutions.

Sanctions against North Korea

Kim railed against Trump

After Feltman's visit, North Korea agreed to engage in regular exchanges with the UN.

The official news agency KCNA reported on Saturday that contact with the United Nations should be maintained “through visits at various levels”.

At the same time, Pyongyang used the talks with the UN to launch new attacks against the USA.

The "hostile US policy" and the "nuclear blackmail" by the administration of US President Donald Trump are responsible for the massive tensions on the Korean peninsula, the KCNA report said.

Ruler Kim also attacked Trump personally again on Saturday. The 71-year-old was a "senile old man," said Kim with a view to Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the Israeli capital. In the past, the US president had repeatedly reviled the North Korean ruler as a “little rocket man”.

North Korea also again condemned the recent US military exercise with its ally South Korea. Last week, the armed forces of the two countries held their largest joint air force maneuver to date, in which tens of thousands of soldiers took part.

China urges restraint

China, North Korea's most important ally, warned on Saturday of a "vicious circle of demonstrations of strength and confrontation". The government in Beijing is demanding that Pyongyang end the missile tests and is calling on the US in return to abandon its military maneuvers in the region.

The outlook made him "not optimistic," said China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi.

This year's Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, the International Campaign for the Abolition of Nuclear Weapons (Ican), has called on the United States and North Korea to ease their tensions.

► There is an "immediate" danger of a military escalation of the nuclear dispute with North Korea, warned Ican director Beatrice Fihn one day before the award ceremony on Sunday in front of the press in Oslo.

Fihn called on US President Donald Trump and North Korean ruler Kim Jong Un to cease threats with the use of “weapons of mass destruction”, to seek diplomatic solutions to the conflict and to campaign for the destruction of all nuclear weapons.

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