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War unlikely on Korean peninsula: NSB chief

War unlikely on Korean peninsula: NSB chief

Taipei, March 20 (CNA) North and South Korea are unlikely to wage war against each other, despite the tensions between them, National Security Bureau (NSB) Director Tsai Der-sheng said Wednesday. It is very possible, however, that North Korea will conduct another nuclear test, he said, in response to questions by lawmakers at a legislative hearing on regional security. This will depend on the policies of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, Tsai said. "There's no one in the world who knows Kim Jong-un, not even communist China," Tsai said. Regarding the situation since Pyongyang's third nuclear test last month, Tsai said what the United States can do now is expand its economic sanctions against North Korea and underline its promise to defend South Korea and Japan unconditionally if they come under attack from the North. Nonetheless, "it is impossible to settle a war with a war," he said. (By Chen Pei-huang and Elizabeth Hsu)


Updated : 2021-03-03 11:22 GMT+08:00