'It would be suicidal to attack the U.S. first': North Korean diplomats

Kim Jong Un

The Wall Street Journal reports that officials are "quietly debating whether it's possible to mount a limited military strike against North Korean sites without igniting an all-out war on the Korean Peninsula".

In an article in 38 North, Alexander Vorontsov, head of the Department for Korean and Mongolian Studies and the Institute of Oriental Studies of the Russia Academy of Sciences, said North Korean diplomats are anxious the misunderstanding is clouding perceptions of the regime's weapons program.

The North confirmed it would attend next month's Olympics in the South at a rare inter-Korean meeting last week, following months of tensions over its nuclear weapons programme.

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"We understand that it would be the last day of our country'".

Tensions between the USA and North Korea have escalated since the rogue regime's latest launch in late November of an intercontinental ballistic missile reportedly capable of reaching anywhere in the US mainland. Haiti's ambassador to the USA said he and his government "vehemently condemn [ed]" the remark.

The North's diplomats also pointed to a sharp gap in perceptions between Americans and South Koreans about the seriousness of the crisis.

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When the analyst told the president her parents were from Korea, Trump reportedly asked another adviser in the room why the "pretty Korean lady" wasn't negotiating with North Korea.

North Korean soldiers are said to be sleeping without removing their boots since they have been told a war with the United States could emerge any moment.

"When we expressed doubt regarding the North Korean ability to achieve this parity, their rather uncertain explanations led us to believe they, more accurately, have some kind of "specific asymmetrical" nuclear parity in mind", Vorontsov said.

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President Trump on Thursday told The Wall Street Journal,"I probably have a good relationship with Kim Jong Un", suggesting he may be newly open to diplomacy. "Only our leader knows the issue in full, '" they said, according to Vorontsov.

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