US, North Korea must avoid ‘accidental military clashes’ in nuclear crisis: top South Korean diplomat
Trump and Kim’s rhetoric could ignite a military conflict that could quickly get out of hand, South Korean foreign minister Kang Kyung-wha warned
The United States and South Korea should manage the North Korea nuclear crisis wisely to avoid accidental military clashes or further escalations in East Asia that could quickly get out of hand, South Korea’s foreign minister warned.
“It’s imperative for the US and South Korea to manage the situation with astuteness and steadfastness to prevent further escalation of tension or any kind of accidental military clashes in the region,” Kang Kyung-wha said on Monday.
Accidental military clashes could “quickly spiral out of control”, Kang said at an event presented by the Centre for Strategic and International Studies, a Washington-based think tank.
Kang’s comment came as Washington and Pyongyang escalated their warring rhetoric after US President Donald Trump described Kim as a “rocket man” on a “suicide mission” and threatened to “totally destroy” North Korea during his first speech at the United Nation summit last Tuesday.
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un responded with a warning that Trump would “face results beyond his expectation”. Pyongyang’s foreign minister, Ri Yong-ho, said on Sunday that the US “declared war” and North Korea could shoot down US bombers as a countermeasure.
Kang warned that the continuing exchange of rhetoric between the US and North Korea could lead to costly miscalculation.
“There cannot be another outbreak of war on the Korean Peninsula,” Kang said. The “devastating” consequences could bring [South Korea] into a “total destruction of war”.