In a rare move, North Korea’s parliament sent a letter of protest to the U.S. House of Representatives on Friday over its new package of tougher sanctions.
The Foreign Affairs Committee of North Korea’s Supreme People’s Assembly condemned the sanctions as “the most heinous act against humanity” in the letter, according to a copy published by the KCNA news agency.
The U.S. Central Intelligence Agency announced Wednesday the establishment of a Korea Mission Center dedicated to addressing North Korea’s nuclear and ballistic missile threat, ramping up already rising tensions.
All eyes are on Seoul after South Korea’s Democratic Party President Moon Jae-In was sworn in Wednesday, promising to ease the crisis on the Korean peninsula and balance relations with long-time ally the United States and its rising neighbor, China.
Moon said in his first speech as president he would begin efforts to defuse tensions in the region.
“I will urgently try to solve the security crisis,” Moon said in the domed rotunda hall of the parliament building. “If needed, I will fly straight to Washington. I will go to Beijing and Tokyo and, if the conditions are right, to Pyongyang also.”
U.S. Marines have arrived in Australia amid continued controversy about weapons testing from the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.
Amid rising tensions and threats of both conventional and nuclear war between the United States and North Korea, China has sent an ominous warning that “a conflict could break out at any moment.”