Pope Urges North Korea To Go For Negotiations

Pope Francis speaks to the press from
aboard his plane on April 29, 2017, on his
return flight from Cairo to Rome.
Pope Francis on Saturday called for
negotiations to resolve tensions
surrounding North Korea’s nuclear


Speaking on board the papal plane on his
way back from a two-day visit to Egypt,
the pontiff said there was a need for
“negotiations with a view to a diplomatic
“There are plenty of mediators in the
world who are putting themselves
forward. Norway, for example which is
ready to help,” he said.

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Reprising his theme of “world war in
parts”, Pope Francis said that these were
“concentrated at points that were already
hot. In Korea, today, it seems that things
are becoming too heated.”
North Korea test-fired a ballistic missile
Saturday in apparent defiance of a
concerted US push for tougher
international sanctions to curb
Pyongyang’s nuclear weapons ambitions.

The latest launch, which South Korea said
was a failure, came just hours after US
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson warned
the UN Security Council of “catastrophic
consequences” if the international
community — most notably China — failed
to pressure the North into abandoning its
weapons programme.