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The tensions in Korean Peninsula  have risen  to a new high that a nuclear war may break out owing to the chaotic atmosphere created by US deploying USS Michigan, a nuclear-powered submarine at South Korean port of Busan while long-range artillery units have been deployed by Kim Jong-un in the region of Wonsan coupled with heightened rhetoric between Washington and Pyongyang.

After 67 years of the Korean War when an Armistice between US, Korean and Chinese forces ended the hostilities until a final settlement is achieved. The new confrontation between US and North Korea has, therefore, become highly unpredictable and fears of the consequences of the war cannot be visualised.

North Korea is on the verge of the breakout of a nuclear war and Seattle in US is being seen as a potential flashpoint due to nearby military bases and relative proximity to Pyongyang.

Moreover the US military’s top commander in the Pacific, Adm Harry Harris said that US missile defence system (Terminal High Altitude Area Defence missile system THAAD) now being installed in South Korea will be operationalised in the coming days that will bring North Korean leader Kim Jong-un “to his senses, not to his knees”.

But China and Russia argue that the THAAD missile system will destabilise the security of the entire region. THAAD missile system is Very sophisticated system and has radars that will enable US to spy on China.

China has also warned of an arms race between defensive and offensive weapons on the Korean Peninsula.

North Korea conveyed the message by demonstrating first ever  300-500 pieces of artillery live-fire to mark the 85th anniversary of the founding of its military and there is still a strong possibility of a  nuclear test or a ballistic missile test taking place.Meanwhile, the entire Senate has been briefed by US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Defence Secretary Jim Mattis, Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats and Joint Chiefs chairman General Joseph Dunford at the White House on North Korea’s nuclear programme.

Meanwhile, the entire Senate has been briefed by US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Defence Secretary Jim Mattis, Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats and Joint Chiefs chairman General Joseph Dunford at the White House on North Korea’s nuclear programme.

Having said that all options are on the table, Tillerson will chair a meeting of the Security Council on Friday for imposing tougher sanctions against North Korea that may include an oil embargo, intercepting cargo ships and punishing Chinese banks for doing business with North Korea.

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By : Arti Bali

Senior Journalist

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