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Bildt: Pyongyang talk 'dangerous for all'

The Local · 30 Mar 2013, 08:50

Published: 30 Mar 2013 08:50 GMT+01:00

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"There seems to be increasing risk that Pyongyang regime talks itself into an open conflict. Would be highly dangerous for all," Bildt wrote via Twitter on Friday.

Bildt expressed regret that North Korea were blocking discussions on a negotiated arms treaty.

"Sad to see North Korea, Syria and Iran blocking consensus on negotiated arms trade treaty. Now goes to UN General Assembly for vote," he wrote.

The bellicose rhetoric emanating from Pyongyang has escalated in recent days, culminating in the news on Saturday morning that North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un issued a statement overnight declaring that war had been declared with South Korea.

The statement promised "stern physical actions" in response to "any provocative act, according to a BBC report.

North Korea has been threatening to attack its southern neighbour since nuclear tests were conducted in February and in recent weeks troop movements have increased in the heavily militarized border region.

Few observers believe that a full-scale conflict will break out but the risk of minor incidents is deemed to have escalated.

The US has responded to the latest missive from Pyongyang by stating that the threats are being taken seriously and close contact is being maintained with Seoul.

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Peter Vinthagen Simpson

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Your comments about this article

11:03 March 30, 2013 by Iraniboy
I fully understand that North Korea and Iran's governments are undemocratic and have great disrespect for human rights. However I fail to understand why US several threats for attacking these countries which can lead to millions dead doesn't get the headline in the media as 'US threats to...' it is instead 'US has all options on the table' which sounds like they have all different dishes on a dinner table! Yummy! But when North Korean or Iranian government say they will attack the US and Israel IF THEY are attacked, this is considered threat, hate etc!

This is another example of this low standard journalism from Reuters and TT.

11:43 March 30, 2013 by robban70226
will be nice is the US stop trying to manipulate other countries and take their fingrs out of their pies, things will cool down, it is so naieve of the US to try to ''ameericanize the rest of the world
12:52 March 30, 2013 by guliver

The issue of North-South Korea has nothing to do with the middle east conflict.

Iran has nothing to do with the middle east conflict which is between Israel and the Palestinian, Iran is situated 2500 km from Israel and has no borders dispute with
14:43 March 30, 2013 by zebi
Ameri ca or other countries do not have the right to use Korea air space as US has done stealth flying over its space which is the voilation of the N Korea´s soveirnty. Why usa is in the asian terrority?
14:59 March 30, 2013 by me_i_sverige
Zebi: When you read news read it carefully & understand it before posting comment. US never flew B2 over North Korea territory during last week drill so no question about breach of North Korea sovereignty. USA is in Asia because US is bound by treaty with Japan & South Korea to protect them.
15:08 March 30, 2013 by procrustes
1. The USA has not violated North Korean air space. They flew over South Korean air space as part of a joint military training exercise prompted by North Korea's continued efforts to build a nuclear bomb, and their rhetoric threatening to destroy South Korea and targets in the USA.

2. North Korea shelled an unoccupied South Korean island, attacked a South Korean naval vessel in South Korean waters--just to mention a couple of recent provocations.

3. Anyone who sympathizes with North Korea is clearly out of touch with facts, and cannot be taking their own well being into account.

4. Kim Jong Un is a very young man for his position and evidences rash behavior of male youth and a lack of clarity about his strategic position. He may begin to believe his own propaganda.

This is clearly a far more dangerous situation than the media (rightly) is portraying.
16:43 March 30, 2013 by skogsbo
Iran has everything to do with Isreal, Iran funds Palestinians etc. The USA equips Isreal, it's just a proxy war.
17:41 March 30, 2013 by guliver

Iran has no borders dispute with Israel

The USA equip Israel ,Jordan,Saudia,Baharain Qwait,Lybia because of its interests in the region.

Iran minnance Israel exsistence not because of geographical or political issues or borders dispute , but because a phanatic islamic believe that the Jewish state has no right to exsist.

I will end with the answer of our minister Ben Elihzer to Ahmed El Najar who minnanced to wipe Israel from the map:"if Israel will disappear also Iran will dissapear."
19:28 March 30, 2013 by johan rebel
Now that Bildt has spoken the North Koreans will surely come to their senses!
20:52 March 30, 2013 by Iraniboy
@guliver and skogsbo

I think you are both right to a great extent!
03:20 April 2, 2013 by Eric1
All he wants is some "foreign aid" and a few porn magazines. He will shut up for a a few months, until the money is spent on himself.
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