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Threat Against North Korea Raises Alarm in Asia

Peace Activists Protest Outside White House  for Negotiations with N. Korea as President Trump’s threat to unleash “fire and fury” against North Korea  sent a quake through Asia on Wednesday, raising alarm among allies and adversaries over military conflict.

An accidental spark could ignite a catastrophic conflagration in north-east Asia, Chinese state media has warned, after Donald Trump threatened to unleash “fire and fury” on North Korea.

In an English-language commentary, China’s official news agency, Xinhua, said “tit-for-tat confrontations” between Washington and Pyongyang would lead nowhere and argued dialogue was the only way to defuse the North Korean nuclear crisis.

The Trump administration sent mixed messages Wednesday over the possibility of nuclear war with North Korea, as Secretary of State Rex Tillerson sought to defuse tensions, while Defense Secretary James Mattis threatened a nuclear attack.

On Wednesday, Mattis warned North Korea not to take any action that could result in the “end of its regime” and the “destruction of its people.” His comments came a day after Trump startled the world and, reportedly, his own advisers threatening North Korea with “fire and fury like the world has never seen.”

Secretary of United State Rex W. Tillerson played down any imminent threat from North Korea, saying Wednesday, “I think Americans should sleep well at night, have no concerns about this particular rhetoric of the last few days.”

“We’re going to see a confrontation between the United States and North Korea that will be ferocious and strong and bloody,” said Cheng Xiaohe, an associate professor of international relations at Renmin University of China in Beijing who called Mr. Trump’s language “explosive.”

>Juthy Saha

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