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Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte Warns Military Conflict With North Korea Will ‘End Humanity’

Geo Beats
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Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday warned of the dire consequences that will result from a military conflict with North Korea.

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday warned of the dire consequences that will result from a military conflict with North Korea, reports Al Jazeera.
"We cannot start a war with the North Korean crisis looming ahead," he said while speaking at a summit in Manila. "There are dark clouds there. We better pray." 
"If all of those missiles and the (intercontinental ballistic missiles) would explode, that would mean the end of humanity…The destruction, it would be the end of everything," Duterte further commented.
His words came not long after the end of President Trump's 12-day trip to Asia, which involved visits to a number of countries and the delivery of an address to South Korea's National Assembly. 
The Washington Post notes that during the speech, Trump spoke about North Korea at length, calling the nation, "a hell that no person deserves," and a "military cult" fueled by, "a deranged belief in the leader's destiny to rule as parent-protector over a conquered Korean Peninsula and an enslaved Korean people." 
Trump's visit to South Korea also included the start of what The Independent calls, "a rare joint naval exercise involving three US aircraft carriers in what military officials said was a clear warning to Pyongyang." 
North Korea appears to have interpreted it as such, with its state media, KCNA, describing the effort as, "extremely risky," and asserting the U.S., "is now driving the peninsula situation to the worst phase of nuclear war."