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Korea crisis: UN's Ban warns of «serious implications»

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Ban Ki-moon

Ban Ki-moon

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has appealed to North Korea to change course, saying it has “gone too far” in its rhetoric.

He said he was concerned any “unwanted crisis” on the Korean peninsula would have “very serious implications”.

The warning came hours after South Korea’s foreign minister said the North had shifted a missile with “considerable range” to its east coast, BBC reported.

Pyongyang earlier renewed threats of a nuclear strike against the US.

However, its missiles are not believed to be capable of carrying nuclear warheads.

White House spokesman Jay Carney described the threats as “regrettable but familiar”, adding the US was taking “all the necessary precautions”.

Mr Ban told a news conference in Madrid that “nuclear threat is not a game, it’s very serious… I think they [North Korea] have gone too far in their rhetoric”.

He called on all parties in the crisis to “calm down the situation and engage in dialogue”.

Meanwhile, Russia said Pyongyang’s attempts to “violate decisions of the UN Security Council are categorically unacceptable”.

“This radically complicates, if it doesn’t in practice shut off, the prospects for resuming six-party talks,” foreign ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich said in a statement on Thursday.

The talks involving North and South Korea, the US, Russia, China and Japan were last held in late 2008.

Japan said it was co-operating closely with the US and South Korea to monitor the North’s next move.

Government spokesman Yoshihide Suga earlier told reporters that Japan was braced for a “worst-case scenario”.

The US has responded to North Korea’s statements by moving missile defence shields to Guam.

The Pentagon said the shield on its Pacific island territory would be ready within weeks, adding to warships already sent to the area.

The North has previously named Guam among a list of possible targets for attack that included Hawaii and the US mainland.

Japanese and South Korean reports had suggested on Wednesday that the missile being moved by the North was a long-range one with a capability of hitting the US west coast.

However, experts believe the North’s most powerful rocket, which it test-fired last December, has a range of 6,000km (3,700 miles) and can reach no further than Alaska.

South Korean Defence Minister Kim Kwan-jin played down concerns that the missile could target the US mainland, and said the North’s intentions were not yet clear.

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  1. davis says:

    It is time for North Korea to leave this world and all of its supporters

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