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WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange
USAs gentagne trusler rettet imod Nordkorea har kun forværret krisen på den koreanske halvø, idet de tilskynder Pyongyang til yderligere at udvikle deres våben, sagde whistleblover, Julian Assange.

"Konstante amerikanske trusler" har sat Nordkorea "på et beredskab af total krig," sagde grundlæggeren af WikiLeaks, som har været indespærret i Ecuadors Embassade i London, i en Twitter post, tilføjende at sådan en situation giver et "massivt skub" til dets missilforsknings og udviklings aktiviteter, såvel som samling af støtte omkring lederskabet i Pyongyang.

Han gik videre og sagde at truslerne ville ikke have nogen virkning på de "flittige, intelligente og konforme" korenanere.


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Later, Assange also criticized the US military drills in the region as well as the deployment of the THAAD missile defense systems in South Korea in the context of US relations with China.

"The US posturing on China's border through the DPRK proxy Cold War" would have the same effect on China as the US threats had on North Korea, he said, adding that it would only contribute to the "massive increase" in Beijing's military research and development activities.

Tensions on the Korean Peninsula have been running high over the past few months. On Sunday, North Korean state media reported that Pyongyang had successfully tested a hydrogen bomb which can be mounted on an Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM).

The test provoked a wave of outrage within the international community as many world leaders strongly condemned the actions of the North. Russian President Vladimir Putin "called on the international community not to give in to emotions and to take a reasonable and balanced approach," according to his spokesman, Dmitry Peskov. He added that the sanctions imposed on North Korea so far had not worked.

Putin discussed the issue with Chinese leader Xi Jinping and they stressed the "importance for all sides to show restraint and focus on seeking resolution [of the crisis] solely in a political and diplomatic way."

US President Donald Trump branded the North a "rogue nation and a threat," adding that South Korea should understand that "talk of appeasement" with its neighbor "won't work."

He also said that the US was considering stopping "all trade with any country doing business with North Korea" as one of the responses to North Korea's latest test.

US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis later warned that any attack on the United States or its allies would be met with a "massive military response." He said that the US was not "looking to the total annihilation" of North Korea, but had "many options to do so."