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Ex-Vatican diplomat: US, North Korea must return to negotiating table

The United States and North Korea must return to the negotiating table and focus on improving the quality of life of their people rather than on the might of their advanced weaponry, said a former Vatican diplomat.

In an interview with Vatican Radio on 9th August, Archbishop Silvano M. Tomasi, former Vatican representative to UN agencies in Geneva, said that “instead of building walls and creating dissidence or admitting the possibility of recourse to violence,” both countries must have a constructive approach that benefits the people.

“To arrive at this point, we need to change, in a lot of ways, the public culture and insist and educate that the way forward is not the way of having the latest military technology, but having an approach of inclusion and participation in building the common good of the global human family,” the archbishop said.

North Korea’s nuclear ambitions have led to further isolation and sanctioning by the international community, leading to a war of words with the United States.

Picture: A view shows a Pyongyang city mass rally on 10th August in North Korea’s Kim Il Sung Square. Archbishop Silvano Tomasi, an adviser to the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, says dialogue is needed in the US-North Korea crisis. (CNS photo/KCNA via Reuters).