U.N. chief offers to broker North Korea talks

August 17, 2017 - 8:52 AM
NoKor ICBM launch
Midnight launch of North Korea's latest ICBM test.

UNITED NATIONS — United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said it was time to “dial down rhetoric and dial up diplomacy” on North Korea and that he had told Russia, Japan, the United States, China and North and South Korea that he was available to help broker talks.

“My good offices are always available — and I conveyed this message yesterday to the representatives of the six-party talks,” Guterres told reporters Wednesay. “The solution to this crisis must be political. The potential consequences of military action are too horrific to even contemplate.”