World War 3: Pope Warns of Broad Destruction If Korean Tensions Escalate
Papa Francis wars that “a good part of humanity” will be destroyed if tensions with North Korea escalate, and he is calling for diplomacy and the UN to take the lead in negotiating a resolution.
Papa Francis was asked as he traveled back to Rome from Egypt Saturday about North Korean ballistic missile tests and US warnings of “catastrophic” consequences if the world fails to stop them.
He was asked specifically what he would tell US President Donald Trump, who has sent a US carrier to conduct drills near the Korea’s, and other leaders to try to diffuse the tensions.
His comments came at a moment of particularly high tension,
Hours earlier, a North Korean mid-range ballistic missile apparently failed, the 3rd failure this month, perhaps they were on purpose, yes?
The Pope said the UN should regain its leadership in conflict resolution, saying it had been “watered down” over time.
The US and South Korea also started installing a missile defense system that is supposed to be partially operational within days, and their navies began joint military drills Saturday.
Tensions with the North presumably will likely be on the agenda of a President Trump-Pope Francis meeting.
The White House has said it would reach out to the Vatican to arrange an audience when President Trump travels to Sicily at the end of May for a G7 Summit.
“This thing about North Korea missiles, it has been a long time that they’ve been doing this. Now it seems it has gotten too hot,” he told reporters on the Papal plane.
“I always call for problems to be resolved via the diplomatic path, via negotiations.”
Have a terrific weekend.