Editor in Chief: Moh. Reza Huwaida Thursday, June 21st, 2018

UN Chief, Security Council Members Warn Against Military Action on Korean Peninsula

UN Chief, Security Council Members Warn Against Military Action on Korean Peninsula

UNITED NATIONS - UN chief Antonio Guterres and several representatives of the UN Security Council on Friday expressed concern about the risk of military confrontation on the Korean Peninsula. “Any military action would have devastating and unpredictable consequences,” said the UN secretary-general.
“The situation on the Korean Peninsula is the most tense and dangerous peace and security issue in the world today. I am deeply concerned by the risk of military confrontation, including as a result of unintended escalation or miscalculation,” said Guterres. While all concerned seek to avoid an accidental escalation that may lead to conflict, the risk is being multiplied by “misplaced over-confidence,” dangerous narratives and rhetoric, and the lack of communication channels, he warned.
“It is time to immediately re-establish and strengthen communication channels, including inter-Korean and military-to-military channels. This is critical to lower the risk of miscalculation or misunderstanding and reduce tensions in the region.”
Diplomatic engagement is the only pathway to sustainable peace and de-nuclearization, said Guterres.
“We must do everything we can to reach that objective -- and avoid a level of danger that would be unpredictable in its trajectory and catastrophic in its consequences.” (Xinhua)