Further signs of looming United States war with North Korea

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Earlier, North Korea's state news agency KCNA said "the U.S. policy of hostility toward the DPRK (North Korea) and its nuclear blackmail are to blame for the current tense situation on the Korean peninsula".

It also notes that global pressure on North Korea has proven effective, as several countries cut trade and diplomatic ties with Pyongyang.

Kim Hyun-uk of the Korea National Diplomatic Academy said the dialogue will not make a significantly positive impact on the peninsula, given North Korea's standing position on nuclear weapons. Perry was by then Clinton's special envoy for North Korea. This week, the USA and South Korea held air force drills involving more than 200 aircraft, including six U.S. F-22 and 18 F-35 stealth fighters.

Feltman, a former senior U.S. State Department official, is the highest-level United Nations official to visit North Korea since 2012. During his visit to North Korea earlier this week, UN Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs Jeffrey Feltman assured the country's leadership of the global community's commitment to peaceful solution of the North Korean issue, the UN Secretary General's office said on Saturday.

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Also unresolved is whether Trump and his top advisers have a game plan for the second half of a strategy they've called "maximum pressure and engagement".

But the State Department's demand for negotiations may not be one with which North Korea is willing to agree.

"An all-out war with North Korea, nuclear war, even if China and Russian Federation did not enter", Perry said, "could still entail casualties approximating those of World War I or even World War II".

"This is probably as good a time as any to try to pivot to engagement", said Suzanne DiMaggio at the New America think tank, who has been involved in several rounds of unofficial talks with North Korean officials.

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Amid the joint United States exercises in South Korea, the Chinese navy and air force has been conducting its own military drills.

Though the North's state media are prone to publishing alarmist rhetoric, North Korean authorities have regularly criticized the United Nations for its sanctions resolutions, insisting Pyongyang has the sovereign right to test missiles, nuclear devices and launch satellites. The U.S. could itself blunder into a nuclear war if it undertook a conventional military strike on North Korea that prompted the North to attack the South, he said.

North Korea's Foreign Ministry warned this week: "The remaining question now is: when will the war break out".

"If the U.S.is really serious about depriving North Korea of diplomatic relations, it must start with its own closest ally, Great Britain", said Artyom Lukin, a North Korea expert at Far Eastern Federal University in Vladivostok, Russia.

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