December 15, 2017 / 4:06 PM / a month ago

RPT-U.N. chief urges communication with N.Korea to avoid escalation

(Repeats to change slug to NORTHKOREA-MISSILES/GUTERRES)

UNITED NATIONS, Dec 15 (Reuters) - United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres told the Security Council on Friday it was time to immediately re-establish and strengthen communication channels with North Korea, including inter-Korean and military to military channels, to reduce the risk of a misunderstanding escalating into conflict.

“While all concerned seek to avoid an accidental escalation leading to conflict, the risk is being multiplied by misplaced over-confidence, dangerous narratives and rhetoric, and the lack of communication channels,” Guterres told the U.N. Security Council. (Reporting by Michelle Nichols; Editing by Bernadette Baum)

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