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  1. UN chief Antonio Guterres urges communication with North Korea to avoid escalation

UN chief Antonio Guterres urges communication with North Korea to avoid escalation

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres told the Security Council on Friday it was time to immediately re-establish and strengthen communication channels with North Korea, including inter-Korean and military to military channels, to reduce the risk of a misunderstanding escalating into conflict.

By: | United Nations | Updated: December 16, 2017 5:59 AM
 United Nations Secretary, General Antonio Guterres, Security Council, UN CHIEF, North Korea Antonio Guterres told the Security Council on Friday it was time to immediately re-establish and strengthen communication channels with North Korea. (Reuters)

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres told the Security Council on Friday it was time to immediately re-establish and strengthen communication channels with North Korea, including inter-Korean and military to military channels, to reduce the risk of a misunderstanding escalating into conflict.

“While all concerned seek to avoid an accidental escalation leading to conflict, the risk is being multiplied by misplaced over-confidence, dangerous narratives and rhetoric, and the lack of communication channels,” Guterres told the U.N. Security Council.

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