NORTH KOREA could soon trigger a conflict with the United States if it continues to ignore calls to diplomatically give up its nuclear weapons and missiles, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson warned.
Secretary Tillerson said the threat of a war with North Korea is now growing despite Pyongyang’s recent diplomatic talks with South Korean officials.
He said: “With respect to whether Americans should be concerned about a war with North Korea, I think we all need to be very sober and clear-eyed about the current situation.
“We have to recognise that the threat is growing.”
Mr Tillerson previously claimed to be open to discussion with North Korea but his latest statements appear to suggest leader Kim Jong-un could continue to threaten world security with talks of World War 3.
The chief US-North Korea negotiator continued: “North Korea has continued to make significant advances in both its nuclear weapons – the lethality of those weapons is demonstrated by their last thermonuclear test – as well as in their intercontinental ballistic missile systems.
“If North Korea does not choose the pathway of engagement – discussion and negotiation – then they themselves will trigger a military option.”