U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says North Korea’s nuclear threats are not a game and that the current crisis has gone too far.
“I am deeply troubled,” Moon said in a statement. “As Secretary-General, it is my duty to prevent war and to pursue peace. It is also my responsibility to state that the current crisis has already gone too far.”
Moon said aggressive rhetoric and military posturing only result in counteractions, and fuel fear and instability. “Things must begin to calm down,” he said.
After weeks of hurling threats at the United States and its allies, North Korea announced plans today to restart a reactor at its main nuclear complex that it had agreed to shut down more than five years ago. At the same time, the U.S. has carried out a number of displays of its military strength during annual training exercises.