Crisis with North Korea: Senior US envoy says Washington prefers diplomacy over military action

While all options remain on the table regarding the crisis with North Korea, a top US diplomat stressed on Thursday that he believes that military action will likely not be taken. He said that Washington prefers to resolve the crisis peacefully.
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A senior US diplomat stated on Thursday that the crisis with North Korea will likely not be resolved with military action. Speaking to reporters in Tokyo, US Special Representative for North Korea Policy Joseph Yun said that Washington prefers to use peaceful diplomacy to reach an understanding with Pyongyang, according to Reuters.

“Our policy is very much for the peaceful resolution of the North Korean nuclear crisis. We’ve said over and over again that what we want to see is dialogue,” the news agency quoted Yun as saying.

“Having said that, we also have said that all options are on the table and by all options, it has to include military options,” he added. “I don’t believe we are close to it.”

Earlier this week, US President Donald Trump mentioned North Korea in his first State of the Union address. “North Korea’s reckless pursuit of nuclear missiles could very soon threaten our homeland,” he stated. “We need only look at the depraved character of the North Korean regime to understand the nature of the nuclear threat it could pose to America and our allies.”



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