North Korea has been ramping up its nuclear threat to the world and has managed to become “impenetrable”, an expert has warned.
Evan Osnos, an American journalist, said the US needed to create diplomatic contacts to reduce tension on the peninsula.
The comments come as the US President Donald Trump has warned Kim Jong-un that he will take “all necessary steps” against the state’s nuclear and missile programme.
Speaking on CBS Morning, Osnos said: “We have got incredible smart people in our country working on North Korea all the time.
“The reality is that North Korea is enveloped in some kind of fog, that’s actually the term they use.
“Kim Jong-un said we should surround ourselves, make ourselves impenetrable to the outside world. To some degree, they have succeeded.
“One of the ways we could cut through that would be to have great diplomatic contacts, some kind of dialogue.
“James Clapper, former director of national intelligence, said if we don’t have any kind of conversation going, we are in fact flying blind. It’s in our advantage to have dialogue.”
Mr Trump’s National Security Advisor has also said that the President has ordered troops to prepare for military action against North Korea.
HR McMaster said: “I don’t want to get into the specifics of military plans and estimates but I will tell you that the President has asked us to continue to refine our military option should we have to use it.
“Of course, we are working on that very closely with our very close ally South Korea, who is the closest to this danger, and with Japan. But what we have to do is everything we can now to resolve this sort of war.”
The US President has called on both China and Russia to do more to help fight against the rogue dictator’s threat.
Mr Trump said: “This situation should have been taken care of long before I got into office when it was much easier to handle. But it will be taken care of. We have no choice.
“Our campaign of maximum pressure on the North Korean regime has resulted in the toughest ever sanctions. We have united our allies in an unprecedented effort to isolate North Korea, however, there is much more work to do.
“America and its allies will take all necessary steps to achieve a denuclearisation and ensure that this regime cannot threaten the world.”
The warnings come after North Korea’s most recent missile test at the end of November which the regime say flew 590 miles before landing in the sea new Japan.
After the launch, Kim Jong-un said that the north “finally realised the great historic cause of completing the state nuclear force”.