Pope Francis warns ‘future of humanity’ depends on diplomatic resolution of N. Korean crisis

Noting that the “situation has become too hot” in the Korean peninsula, Pope Francis said that the world is on the brink of war, which can only be averted through diplomacy.

“We are talking about the future of humanity. Today, a widespread war would destroy – I would not say half of humanity – but a good part of humanity, and of culture, everything, everything,” Francis said Saturday. “It would be terrible. I don’t think that humanity today would be able to withstand it.”

“I call on, and will call on, all leaders, as I have called on leaders of various places, to work to seek a solution to problems through the path of diplomacy,” the pontiff said about the North Korea crisis, speaking aboard his plane as he returned to Rome from a trip to Egypt.

Remembering that Norway was influential in organizing the Oslo Accords which resulted in an agreement between Israel and the Palestinians, the leader of the Catholic world suggested that smaller nations could play a role in solving the crisis.

“There are so many facilitators in the world, there are mediators who offer themselves, such as Norway, for example,” he said. “That is just one but there are many. But the path is the path of negotiations, of a diplomatic solution.”

Tensions once again escalated on the Korean Peninsula on Saturday after the North conducted yet another failed test of its ballistic rocket technology. On early Saturday morning, Pyongyang test-fired a projectile presumed to be a KN-17 medium-range ballistic missile, which reportedly broke up and exploded within minutes of the launch.

The missile test was conducted as US kicked off joint naval exercises with South Korea just after the US aircraft carrier group led by the USS Carl Vinson entered the Sea of Japan through the Tsusima Strait.

Speaking about North Korea on Saturday, Trump noted that neither China nor the US would welcome a further North Korean nuclear test. For some time now, it has been speculated that Pyongyang is getting ready to conduct its sixth nuclear test.

“I would not be happy,” Trump said in a CBS interview for Sunday’s Face the Nation. “If he [Kim Jong-un] does a nuclear test, I will not be happy. And I can tell you also I don’t believe that the president of China, who is a very respected man, will be happy either.”

When asked if the sixth Korean nuclear test would prompt American military action, Trump responded: “I don’t know. I mean, we’ll see.”

Earlier this week, in an interview to Reuters, Trump said that a major conflict could break out in the region.

“There is a chance that we could end up having a major, major conflict with North Korea. Absolutely,” Trump told Reuters. “We’d love to solve things diplomatically, but it’s very difficult.”

Just before North Korea conducted its latest missile test, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson told the UN Security Council that the military option remains on the table for the US to curb Pyongyang’s nuclear program.

“All options for responding to future provocations must remain on the table,” Tillerson told the 15-member international body on Friday. “Diplomatic and financial leverage or power will be backed up by willingness to counteract North Korean aggression with military action, if necessary.”

In the meantime, Russia’s Foreign Ministry said that Moscow supports China’s initiative to deescalate tensions around the Korean peninsula by calling on North Korea to refrain from carrying out further missile and nuclear tests in exchange for the US and South Korea suspending their military exercises in the region.

“Members of the [UN] Security Council have unanimously called upon DPRK [Democratic People’s Republic of Korea] to stop missile and nuclear tests and to fulfil UNSC resolutions,” the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Saturday following a United Nations Security Council (UNSC) session held in New York on Friday.

“In this context, the Russian Federation supported a Chinese proposal for a ‘double suspension’ (Pyongyang is to stop missile and nuclear tests and the US and South Korean militaries are to halt drills near North Korea) as a starting point for political negotiations.”

Earlier, while addressing the UN Security Council, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi urged a peaceful solution to the Korean crisis.

“The use of force does not resolve differences, and will only lead to bigger disasters,” Wang noted, adding that “as the only way out, dialogue and negotiation also represent the sensible choice for all parties.”

“Our past experience of resolving the nuclear issue on the Peninsula shows, whenever dialogue and negotiation were ongoing, the situation on the Peninsula would maintain basic stability and efforts toward denuclearization could make progress,” said the minister, as quoted by Xinhua.

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Warlord no more? ‘Butcher of Kabul’ calls for peace in 1st public appearance in 20 years

Hekmatyar, who earned the title the “Butcher of Kabul” for his leading role in the bloody civil war of the 1990s, returned to public life Saturday, and for the first time in 20 years spoke at a small gathering in the Laghman province.

The leader of the Islamist organization Hezb-i-Islami told his members in a televised appearance: “Let’s join hands to end war and bring peace in Afghanistan.”

“I invite you to join the peace caravan and stop the pointless, meaningless and unholy war,” he said, urging all insurgent groups to end the war and join the peace process in Afghanistan.

Hekmatyar, a former close friend of Osama Bin Laden, added that only Afghans can bring peace and stability to the country, not foreigners.

Hekmatyar was a prominent Mujahideen commander and a CIA asset during the Soviet-Afghan war in the 1980s. He was later accused of killing thousands of people when his fighters fired on civilian areas of Kabul during the 1992-96 civil war.

The warlord was designated a “global terrorist” by the United States in 2003, standing accused of participating in and supporting attacks by al-Qaeda and the Taliban. He was blacklisted at Washington’s request by the UN the same year.

In a 2006 interview, Hekmatyar claimed his fighters had helped Osama Bin Laden escape from Tora Bora.

He agreed a peace deal via video link with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani last September – the first peace treaty since the war with the Taliban began in 2001.

Following on from this, the United Nations Security Council agreed to drop sanctions against him in February, clearing the way for him to return openly to Afghanistan.

While the exiled warlord’s hideout over the years was unknown, it was believed he lived in the eastern Kunar province, making occasional trips into Pakistan.

The country’s chief executive officer, Abdullah Abdullah, praised Hekmatyar’s embrace of peace during a ceremony marking the 25th Mujahideen Victory Day on Saturday.

Hekmatyar today is “in his own country and on his own soil, proudly among his own people and the Afghan people have welcomed him, too,” Abdullah Abdullah said.“We hope that this would be an example for others.”

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US troops deployed at Syrian border to prevent clashes between Turkish & Kurdish forces (VIDEO)

“Coalition forces are conducting joint patrols along the northeastern Syria-Turkey border to assess reports from both the [Kurdish] SDF and Turkey regarding skirmishes and cross-border fires between their respective security forces,” an official from the Combined Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve (CJTF-OIR) Public Affairs Office told RT via email, confirming the deployment.

“The patrols’ purpose is to discourage escalation and violence between two of our most trusted partners in the fight to defeat ISIS [Islamic State terrorist group (IS, former ISIS/ISIL)] and reinforce the Coalition’s commitment to both Turkey and the SDF,” the CJTF–OIR statement added.

The Coalition also called on both Turks and Kurds to “remain focused on the fight to defeat ISIS, which is the greatest threat to regional and worldwide peace and security.”

The joint patrols were also indirectly confirmed by the Pentagon. “We have US forces that are there throughout the entirety of northern Syria that operate with our Syrian Democratic Force partners,” Navy Capt. Jeff Davis, a Pentagon spokesman, told journalists on Friday, as reported by AP.

“The border is among the areas where they operate,” Davis also said, adding that the US wants Kurdish militia, including the Kurdish-dominated alliance of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), to focus on the liberation of the eastern Syrian city of Raqqa, Islamic State’s self-proclaimed capital in Syria, and “not to be drawn into conflicts elsewhere.”

A senior Kurdish official, Ilham Ahmad, also told AP that the US forces began patrolling the border region Thursday in addition to their reconnaissance flights in the area. He said that the current US deployment was temporary but did not rule out a possibility of it becoming permanent.

Meanwhile, photos of the US armored personal carriers driving on a rural road in the village of Darbasiyah were posted by journalists and Kurdish activists in social networks.

The escalation of tensions in the border region was caused by a series of the Turkish airstrikes carried out on April 25 that hit Iraq’s Sinjar region and northeastern Syria. Turkey claimed it targeted “terror hubs” infiltrated by members of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), which Turkey considers to be a terrorist group.

The strikes claimed the lives of a number of the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) militia fighters and civilians in Syria and resulted in casualties among forces under the Kurdish Regional Government in Iraq.

Between 20 and 30 US-backed Kurdish fighters were killed in those incidents, according to various estimates. Turkey said 70 PKK militants were killed in the strikes, as reported by Reuters. Both Syrian YPG and Iraqi Peshmerga Kurdish militias condemned the attack.

The United States has urged all sides to show restraint and focus their efforts on fighting the Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) terrorist group. US State Department spokesman Mark Toner also said Washington had expressed “deep concern” over the Turkish airstrikes.

In the meantime, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has remained steadfast as he said that Turkey’s operations would continue “until the last terrorist is eliminated.”

Kurdish forces appeared to be dissatisfied with the American reaction to the incident, as YPG spokeswoman Nesrin Abdullah criticized the US and warned that the Kurdish militia could withdraw their forces from Raqqa if this incident is not addressed.

“Our people are expecting a response from us on why the coalition is not showing Turkey a concrete reaction. If the coalition does not show a concrete reaction, then we will withdraw our forces from Raqqa,” she told a local Kurdish media.

Since April 25, the YPG and the Turkish forces have traded artillery fire along the Syrian border with Turkey. Clashes between the Turkish military and the Kurdish militia were also reported Wednesday.

The US is sending its troops to the contact line between Turkish forces and Kurdish units in Syria. In March, some 200 US marines backed with howitzers and Stryker armored vehicles were reportedly deployed to the Syrian town of Manbij liberated from Islamic States by the SDF. The move came following Turkey’s threats to retake the city from the SDF as the Turkish government said it would not allow the town to remain under Kurdish control.

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China deports US businesswoman convicted of espionage

Phan-Gillis’s husband, Jeff Gillis, confirmed that she had returned to the US on Friday, more than two years after she was first detained in China on suspicion of conducting a spy mission.

The deportation removes a source of friction between the US and China at a time of improving relations between the two countries.

The Dui Hua Foundation, an NGO based in San Francisco that seeks to improve human rights in China, praised the US government’s negotiation efforts.

“Ms. Phan-Gillis’ return to the United States comes three weeks after President Xi Jinping’s visit to the United States for talks with President Trump.

Negotiations to secure the release of Ms. Phan-Gillis intensified during Secretary Tillerson’s visit to Beijing in March 2017. Tillerson’s State Department was assisted by the White House in bringing the negotiations to a successful conclusion,” it said.

READ MORE: China’s Xi urges restraint during Trump call as ‘USS Carl Vinson’ heads for Korean waters 

Senator Ted Cruz released a statement, Saturday, applauding the State Department and thanking President Trump for “his leadership in securing Sandy’s release.”

Phan-Gillis was arrested in March 2015 during a business trip as she was about to leave mainland China for Macau. She was held in detention for six months and not allowed to see a lawyer for 14 months.

Gillis said China had accused his wife of visiting the country twice on spy missions in 1996 and working with the FBI to capture and turn two Chinese spies in the US. Before her trial, Phan-Gillis had denied the accusations, but pleaded guilty in court this week.

“China State Security used torture to force Sandy to make a false confession,” Gillis told the New York Times, while a UN committee condemned her arbitrary detention in a report last year.

The Chinese government has not released details of the charges against Phan-Gillis but her lawyer told Reuters that the case involves “state secrets.”

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Hundreds protest US base construction in Japan, year after woman killed by US marine (VIDEO)

The demonstrators in Tokyo marched through the streets holding banners including ones reading, “No base in Okinawa!” The father of the murdered woman also issued a message calling for the removal of the US military bases from the island prefecture, local media report.

“Those incidents occur because Okinawa hosts US military bases. I want the bases to be removed without further delay, which is the wish of many Okinawa residents as well,” the man said in his statement.

“I have nothing to say to the defendant. We, the bereaved family, can never forgive him. We tolerate or trust no excuses from him,” he added. At the same time, he expressed his gratitude to all those people who expressed their support and sympathy to his family.

“Our sorrow for losing our daughter will never disappear, but our hearts will always be with her and we will continue to pray for the repose of her soul,” he said.

On April 28, 2016, the 20-year-old woman, Rina Shimabukuro, was raped and murdered by a 32-year-old civil contractor and former US Marine Kenneth Franklin Gadson, who goes by his Japanese wife’s family name of Shinzato. He admitted that he had strangled and stabbed his victim.

The incident provoked a wave of outrage in Japan. In June 2016, at least 50,000 people protested against heavy US military presence in Okinawa following the murder. Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga and some officials from opposition parties also took part in the rally at the time.

Facing public outcry, the US military has introduced curfews, movement restrictions and an alcohol ban off base, lifted 11 days after it was imposed.

In the meantime, another rally was held in the Henoko district of the city of Nago located in the Okinawa prefecture. Some 3,000 people took part in that demonstration, according to the local media.

The protesters, who came to express their discontent with the relocation of the US Futenma air base to the Henoko district, also began their rally with a minute of silence in the memory of the murdered woman.

The protesters gathered in front of Camp Schwab, the US military base located in Henoko. The demonstration was attended by the Nago city mayor.

In the meantime, the construction of the new US military base in Henoko took another step forward despite strong opposition from local residents. On April 25, cranes started dropping nets containing crushed rock along the shore north of Camp Schwab.

The rocks will likely serve as the foundation of a seawall built along the outer perimeter of the planned runway site, according to The Asahi Shimbun newspaper. Full-fledged landfill work inside the sea walls is set to take place in the first half of next year.

Katsuhiro Yoshida, a senior Okinawa prefectural official, who particularly deals with issues concerning the US bases in the area, said that the move “ignored the local will” and is “authoritarian,” adding that the local residents simply cannot accept it.

Okinawa hosts about 75 percent of all US military installations in Japan, and is an important geopolitical outpost for Washington allowing to project power in the region that neighbors China and Southeast Asia.

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Fifield’s electric fat tire bike is available with mid- or rear-drive

Normally, rogue waves are something to avoid, but this one might be something you’ll want to experience.

Massachusetts-based electric bike builder Fifield is making its first foray into all-terrain e-bikes with a fat tire model named Rogue Wave, which comes in two different configurations for conquering snow, sand, mud, or just plain old asphalt. The company, which makes two beautiful hand-built mid-drive electric bikes, as well as a folding e-bike and a few other front-drive e-bikes, is now offering its Rogue Wave model to backers of a Kickstarter campaign, which promises delivery of the new electric fat bikes in May of 2017.

Founded by Ed Martin (“e-Biker-in-Chief”), Fifield Electric Bikes has been making and selling its e-bikes for the last few years, and attributes its great bike designs to master frame builder Ted Wojcik, “a Yankee tinker turned e-bike design-build guru,” while preaching the benefits of e-biking as an effective method of getting more people on bikes. One of the FAQs on the company site is the misinformed question of “Would I exercise less on an e-bike?” to which Fifield’s answer is “This is your conscience talking. With an e-bike, you’d actually get out there more often. Hills would suddenly feel flat and distances seem shorter.”

While its current electric bikes are mostly geared toward riding around town or commuting on pavement, Fifield’s new Rogue Wave features 4″ fat tires for rolling over everything with ease, and offers an aggressive MTB-style frame and riding position. It doesn’t have a front suspension fork, but with 4″ tires, perhaps it really doesn’t need it, and although it’s called an “all-terrain” bike and it might look right at home on a singletrack, fat tire bikes aren’t necessarily just for off-road riding, as they offer a comfortable ride on pavement as well.

The Rogue Wave is being offered in two different configurations, either mid- or rear-drive, both at the same early bird price of $1399. Both models include a 9-speed Shimano Alivio gearset, dual hydraulic disc brakes, and a weatherproof dashboard for displaying ride and bike stats (current speed, average speed, top speed, trip distance, odometer, pedal assist level, and battery level).

Fifield Rogue Wave fat tire e-bike (rear-drive)© Fifield Electric Bikes (rear-drive Rogue Wave)

For the rear-drive model, a Bafang 500W motor is coupled with 48V 14.5Ah lithium ion battery, and has a peak output of 750W and a range of up to 40 miles per charge. The mid-drive model (top photo) uses a Bafang 350W motor and a 36V 14.5Ah battery for a peak output of 600W and the same range per charge, and both bikes have a top assisted speed of 20 mph and a charge time of about 3 hours. The choice of mid- or rear-drive depends on the rider’s preference, as the company says the mid-drive “delivers smooth power and fantastic balance in the center of the bike,” while the rear-drive model “gives incredible torque to get you over those rocks and roots in the woods.”

Here’s a quick look at the bikes from Fifield’s Kickstarter page:

The crowdfunding campaign for the Fifield Rogue Wave is offering both the rear- and mid-drive models to backers at an early bird price of $1399 (MSRP $2300), or as a combo pack of both bikes for $2699, and the company estimates delivery of the bikes to take place in May of 2017. Check out the Fifield Electric Bikes website for more information on the company and its other bicycles.

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Syriana Analysis: An alliance of convenience – why Israel supports ISIS

    

Since the beginning of the war in Syria, Israel took the opportunity to pursue its strategic interests in the neighboring country, by tacitly and sometimes publicly allying itself with Al-Qaeda and ISIS.

Syriana Analysis addresses the recent bombings of Israel and US on Syria, elaborating the geopolitical goals behind these strikes.

“Syria Lambasting Israel for Aiding ISIL”

Apr 20, 2017, Nizar Abboud:

“At the UN Security Council the Syrian delegate, Bashar Al-Jafari attacks Israel’s help to terrorist group, including ISIL in Syria.”

~Excerpts of what Ambassador Bashar al-Ja’afari stated:

“…it’s a very dubious silence that we meet here in the council regarding Israeli policies and practices. This is what has encouraged Israel to continue its practice of occupation and settlement building. It’s also why Israel has violated the plan of disengagement regarding the Golan and all issues related to combating terrorism.

It’s also why this is why Israel has offered its support to various armed terrorist groups in particular on the Syrian Golan, in particular than al-Nusra Front. This is a body this is a group that the United Nations considers as a terrorist group. Well, this group actually receives assistance from Israel.

Israel has facilitated the the movement of these terrorist groups through the line of demarcation line and as a result of that these groups have threatened the Syrian people and it’s the Qatari regime also that has offered its support to these groups.

Israel has not contented itself with offering support to these groups but in fact it has also tried to violate Syrian airspace and to attack Syria this took place on the seventeenth of March of this year in Palmyra Israel provided its assistance to Da’esh which was present in the area there just then.

All this clearly shows that Israel and terrorism are the two sides of the same coin.

When we say that Israel and terrorism are indeed the two faces of the same coin we need to recall that the history of Zionism itself is a history of terrorism: The goal is to kill and to violate the rights of others, and to base itself on a legend of a religious state which in fact is against all international laws. In fact it’s a state that doesn’t respect the freedom, justice or any principle.

…A state that creates millions of refugees cannot speak of democracy, does not have the right to speak of human values does not have the right to speak like this even though it is responsible for chaos, for the spread of weapons of mass destruction.

When this entity it’s up continues to distort history, to rob territory, to perpetrate massacres against this Arab peoples who live under occupation.

We see that this state has an arsenal of nuclear, biological, and chemical weapons and it is protected by the member states of the Security Council even what as we have tried to create a nuclear weapons free zone in the Middle East.

The world cannot disregard the fact that it is on the basis of the Balfour Declaration that this entity was created and this has had a serious impact on the history of humankind.

In fact a racist entity that excludes everyone else and that is based on an extremist religious ideology continues to operate in the region, which in many ways is hardly different from the methods used by Da’esh.

We insist on the Syrian sovereignty on occupied Golan based on the fourth of June 1967 borders. This is a right that is not subject to discussion, it is an inalienable right and we can this can not we cannot make any concessions on this. Our right on this has been violated and we have to make sure that this territory returns to its rightful owners.

We have to call on Israel to free Sedki al-Maket (also: Sedqi al-Maqt) – who we call the Syrian Mandela – and others who are in Israeli prisons for taking pictures, taking photos that prove that Israel is cooperating with the al-Nusra Front on the occupied Paris Syrian Golan these photos were taken this is why these the 2 Syrian individuals were arrested by Israel.”

Further Related Links:

Syrian Ambassador to UN Address to Schiller Institute September 11 Memorial Conference, Sep 14, 2016 [VIDEO]

Interview: Syrian Ambassador to the UN, Dr. Bashar al-Ja’afari on Sovereignty, Terrorism, and the Failure of the UN, Jan 17, 2015, Al-Akhbar, in Arabic, Global Research, Consortium News, Rabble.ca, Oriental Review, Uprooted Palestinians

Scoundrels & Gangsters at UN: Silencing the Syrian Narrative, Feb 4, 2015, Russia Today, Global Research, Uprooted Palestinians, In Gaza

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8 people killed on board Cuban military plane that crashed into mountain

    

Eight personnel have been killed after a military plane crashed into a mountain in Cuba, the armed forces announced, refuting initial media reports that dozens of civilians were killed when an Antonov-26 passenger plane disappeared off radar screens.

“The eight military personnel on board, including the crew, died,” the Revolutionary Armed Forces Ministry said in a statement.

The Soviet-made Antonov-26 twin-engine turboprop plane crashed into the Loma de la Pimienta mountain some 80km (50 miles) west of Havana after taking off at 6:38am (0638 ET) from Playa Baracoa.

“A commission of the Revolutionary Armed Forces Ministry is investigating the causes of the accident,” the ministry said in a statement, denying initial reports that there were civilian casualties.

Earlier the Spanish media reported that a civilian Antonov-26 plane with up to 39 people on board dropped off radar screens in the early hours of Saturday as it was conducting a flight over Cuba.

The report from the Colombian NTN24 broadcaster also said that the aircraft belonged to the local Havana-based Aerograviota airlines. Prior to the official statement by Havana, an unnamed source told the AP that Aerogaviota had informed Cuban officials of the crash, but authorities were ordered not to release the information.

Saturday’s incident is not the first time that Antonov-manufactured airplanes were involved in fatal crashes in Cuba.

Sixteen passengers and four crew members died in March 2002, when an Antonov-2 plane crashed near Guaracabuya, Villa Clara, when traveling from Cienfuegos to Cayo Coco.

Five years earlier, in July 1997, 39 passengers died with five crew members when an Antonov-24 crashed into the sea near Santiago de Cuba.

Before that, in March 1990, a Soviet-made Antonov-26 crashed en route from Santiago de Cuba to Havana. Two people were killed and 18 were wounded.

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Duterte says N. Korean leader ‘wants to end world,’ warns Trump ‘not to play into his hands’

    

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has urged the White House to be “prudent and patient” in dealing with North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong-un, warning that “the guy simply wants to end the world.”

“There seems to be two countries playing with their toys and those toys are not really to entertain,” Duterte said during a media briefing in Manila on Saturday.

“You know that they are playing with somebody who relishes letting go of missiles and everything. I would not want to go into his (Kim’s) mind because I really do not know what’s inside but he’s putting mother earth, the planet to an edge,” he added.

Duterte was speaking in his role as chairman of ASEAN, a group of ten South-East Asian countries that is meeting in the Philippines’ capital over the weekend against a backdrop of yet another failed ballistic test that Pyongyang launched on Saturday morning. It is thought to be the country’s sixth missile test this year.

“The guy (Kim) simply wants to end the world, that is why he is very happy. He is always smiling. But he really wants to finish everything and he wants to drag us all down,” Duterte said.

Philippines president, famous for his rhetoric and controversial anti-drugs campaign, said that he would try to persuade his US counterpart, Donald Trump, to back down from the conflict.

“I would say ‘Mr. President, please see to it that there is no war because my region will suffer immensely,'” proposed Duterte, who previously appeared to pivot away from his country’s long-standing alliance with the US in favor of closer ties with China.

“I will just communicate to him – ‘Just let him play… do not play into his hands,'” he added.

The US has deployed a fleet in the vicinity of North Korea, and Trump has said that a “major, major conflict” with Kim’s regime is possible. At the same time, the US has been calling for “painful” sanctions against North Korea and asked other countries to suspend diplomatic relations with the hermit state, which is contravening UN Security Council resolutions by continuing to develop its nuclear program and missile capability.

“I am sure President Trump is cautioning his military to just maybe… not to start something which they cannot control,” said Duterte.

“We have to caution everybody, including those who’d give the advice to the two players, because you have nuclear warheads, to just show restraint. One miscalculation of a missile, whether or not a nuclear warhead or an ordinary bomb, one explosion there that would hit somebody would cause a catastrophe.”

Russia and China have condemned North Korea’s actions, but have proposed a deal in which the US and South Korea suspend their military drills in exchange for Pyongyang halting its missile tests as a starting point for negotiations.

As of now, no talks with Kim Jong-Un’s leadership are scheduled, however.

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