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North Korea says 'a nuclear war may break out any moment'

North Korea says 'a nuclear war may break out any moment'

"I am anxious about some of the recent actions from the new administration that seem to raise tensions", the former US Secretary of State said, revealing that some of the US's closest allies are beginning to worry.

It's been almost a quarter century of the same diplomatic policies under three different presidential administrations with very few results other than passing off the North Korea nuclear problem to their successor.

Clinton also indirectly referred to Trump's social media comments on North Korea, saying, "The insults on Twitter have benefited North Korea, I don't think they've benefited the United States".

In turn, the North called Mr. Trump "mentally deranged" and a "mad dog".

Talks between the adversaries have always been urged by China in particular, but Washington and its ally Japan have been reluctant while Pyongyang continues to pursue a goal of developing a nuclear-tipped missile to hit the United States.

USA and Japanese diplomats agreed Tuesday to maximize pressure on North Korea to resolve tensions over its nuclear program, while citing the need to be prepared for the worst if diplomacy fails.

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North Korea's deputy United Nations ambassador warned on Monday that the situation on the peninsula "has reached the touch-and-go point and a nuclear war may break out any moment".

U.S. Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan, after meeting his Japanese counterpart, Shinsuke Sugiyama, told reporters that the focus at the State Department is still on diplomacy to solve the problem and eventually denuclearize the Korean Peninsula.

Speaking through his mouthpiece newspaper, Rounding Sinmun, the tyrant leader said the two sides couldn't sit down and talk while North Korea is the subject of sanctions.

"The Chinese can't have it both ways", Clinton said.

- North Korea may collapse in 12 months - ex government official. "They can't do less than they could to tighten economic pressures on North Korea and same time discount the real threat South Korea and its citizens face". Instead, Pyongyang sent Beijing a congratulatory message.