North Korea’s escalating aggressiveness could trigger a conflict costing “one million lives” within the first days of war, leading strategic consultant David Morey warned. North Korea has been threatening world peace by defying calls to give up its nuclear weapons development programme. Mr Morey said: “There is no good option when it comes to North Korea. You can’t ignore them, starve them, destroy them or even negotiate with them. “Destroying them would involve – some people think – a trillion

dollars and a million lives within the first days of a conflagration on the peninsula. So there’s no good option.” The public diplomacy expert said it was “unrealistic” to think sanctions on North Korea would ultimately dash Kim Jong-un’s nuclear ambitions. But he said stepping up the US and South Korea’s diplomatic approach to the North Korean issues could prove to be the best solution for a peace treaty with Pyongyang. READ MORE