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Bildt: Pyongyang talk 'dangerous for all'

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Bildt: Pyongyang talk 'dangerous for all'
08:50 CET+01:00
Swedish foreign minister Carl Bildt has warned that a conflict on the Korean peninsula would be "dangerous for all", as Pyongyang declares "open war" with South Korea.

"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.

Peter Vinthagen Simpson

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