North Korea Says US, South Korea Need New Solutions for Conflict

Top official warns of 'vicious cycle' of worsening tensions

A year after diplomacy between North Korea and the world started, the situation is at a stand-still, and officials are calling on the US and South Korea to start coming up with new solutions to resolving the conflict.

North Korea’s Vice Minister of the Armed Forces, Kim Hyong Ryong, says he sees a “dangerous, vicious cycle” of worsening tension because of the hostile policies against North Korea.

Though the top leadership in the US and North Korea have both suggested they want talks to resume, there is little indication the US is willing to offer more than superficial changes to its strategy, which involves demanding North Korea give them all their nuclear weapons and missiles and getting pretty much nothing in return.

North Korean officials have regularly suggested the US needs to try something different from this, because it’s not working, while US officials insist it’ll work eventually, and that they’re comfortable with however long it takes. In the meantime, tensions keep rising.

Author: Jason Ditz

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