April 28, 2017 / 2:50 PM / 3 months ago

U.N. chief says no communication with North Korea is dangerous

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United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres addresses the 15th Plenary Assembly of the World Jewish Congress in New York City, U.S., April 23, 2017.Brendan McDermid

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres told the U.N. Security Council on Friday that he is alarmed by the risk of military escalation on the Korean Peninsula.

"The absence of communication channels with the DPRK (North Korea) is dangerous," he told the 15-member council. "We need to avoid miscalculation and misunderstanding. We need to act now to prevent conflict and achieve sustainable peace."

Reporting by Michelle Nichols and Lesley Wroughton; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama

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