Nuclear War Likely on the Korean Peninsula: North Korea

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Sunday asserted that his diplomatic efforts to relax tensed relations with North Korea will continue "until the first bomb drops".

A high-ranking North Korean official says the country's development of nuclear weapons is necessary because of the threat posed by the United States and contends the nuclear program is for deterrence.

North Korea's delegation is not ready for talks with South Korean representatives at the Inter-Parliamentary Union assembly, according to Matvienko.

"The whole mainland of the U.S. is within our firing, and if the USA decides to go to our sacred territory, even an inch, it will not save our severe penalties in any part of the globe", he warned.

"Many people have talked about military options being unimaginable regarding North Korea", Harris said at an annual forum in Singapore. Thus, country has every right to possess nuclear weapons in self-defense.

Keane said that the US government will try to dissuade its allies' nuclear pursuit at least while it seeks to resolve the North Korea issue through economic sanctions and diplomatic means.

The talks come as the US and South Korea hold joint naval drills this week.

The United States led a drive at the Security Council to impose two new sets of tough sanctions against North Korea over its nuclear test and intercontinental ballistic missile tests.

Kim said North Korea will not target any country that does not join a US-led military campaign. Russian President Vladimir Putin said his country is curtailing economic, scientific and other ties with North Korea in line with United Nations sanctions, and the European Union announced new sanctions as well.

Last week, Donald Trump, in a series of tweets, said that America's diplomacy with regard to North Korea has failed and that "only one thing will work", triggering speculations that the US President was preparing to launch a military assault on North Korea.

  • Kyle Peterson