13:44 GMT08 May 2021
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    German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel said Thursday that the potential war on the Korean peninsula if triggered, would be more disastrous than the World War two in terms of civilian casualties.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Gabriel stressed that the North Korean leader is threatening the whole region by conducting missile tests.

    "A war on the Korean peninsula might be devastating, in the worst-case scenario it can result in more victims than the Second World War," Gabriel said in an interview to the Aachener Zeitung newspaper.

    The statement comes after North Korea test fired a Hwasong-12 intermediate range ballistic missile, which flew over Japan before falling into the Pacific Ocean 733 miles east of Japan's island of Hokkaido. Shortly after the launch, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un threatened that it was just a preview of a potential missile attack on the Pacific island of Guam which is home to several US military bases.

    Earlier in the week, Gabriel called on Pyongyang to abandon nuclear tests and return to the negotiation table. At the same time, the German minister called on other states to strictly adhere to the sanctions regime against North Korea, as the restrictive measures may prove effective.

    The situation on the Korean Peninsula has become aggravated in recent months due to Pyongyang's missile launches and nuclear tests, all conducted in violation of UN Security Council resolutions. On August 5, the UN Security Council unanimously adopted Resolution 2371, which further tightens sanctions against North Korea in response to Pyongyang's ballistic missile tests conducted in late July.


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