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Call for Rational Global Approach to N. Korea Crisis

Call for Rational Global Approach to N. Korea CrisisCall for Rational Global Approach to N. Korea Crisis

A lawmaker underlined the need for the adoption of a rational approach by the international community in dealing with North Korea, rejecting the threatening language of US President Donald Trump.

“The United Nations Security Council should respond sensibly to the North Korea crisis and persuade the two sides to engage in negotiations instead of adding fuel to fire,” Hossein Naqavi Hosseini said in a recent interview with ICANA.

“The only solution to this problem is taking the path of respect and negotiations.”

North Korea on Friday fired a missile that flew over Japan’s northern Hokkaido Island far out into the Pacific Ocean, further ratcheting up tensions after Pyongyang’s recent test of its most powerful nuclear bomb. Pyongyang had threatened a day earlier to sink Japan and reduce the United States to “ashes and darkness” for supporting the UNSC’s latest resolution and sanctions, Reuters reported.

The North accuses the US, which has 28,500 troops in South Korea, of planning to invade and destroy it. The US and South Korea are technically still at war with North Korea because the 1950-53 Korean conflict ended with a truce and not a peace treaty. The UN Security Council has imposed new sanctions against North Korea that could slash its annual export revenue by a third.

Trump said last month North Korea “will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen” if it threatened the United States again. Pyongyang dismissed the threat as a “load of nonsense” and has warned it is ready to teach the United States a “severe lesson”.

Trump has also asked China to do more to rein in its neighbor. China in turn favors an international response to the problem. Massoud Pezeshkian, another lawmaker, cautioned Washington against using inflammatory rhetoric.

“Trump will get nowhere if he tries to address the issue of North Korean nuclear activities through the language of force,” he said.

 

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