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India can help resolve North Korea crisis, US commander says

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India can help resolve North Korea crisis, US commander says: Tensions between the US and North Korea have risen since the latter tested two intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) in July. Photo: AFP © LiveMint Tensions between the US and North Korea have risen since the latter tested two intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) in July. Photo: AFP

Washington: A top American commander feels that India can play a role in defusing the North Korean crisis by helping the leadership in Pyongyang to understand the seriousness of the threat posed by its nuclear programme.

Admiral Harry Harris, commander of the US Pacific Command, says it is for India to decide on what kind of role it wants to play. “I think India’s voice is a loud voice, that people pay attention to. So, I think that India could help North Korea, perhaps, understand the seriousness by which the United States views that threat,” Harris said.

Tensions have risen since North Korea tested two intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) in July.

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India along with the international community condemned the North Korean missile tests and has been implementing the sanctions imposed against it by the US.

Early this year, India suspended its trade links with North Korea, a move which was praised by the Donald Trump administration.

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