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Pope warns North Korea war could destroy "a good part of humanity" as he says the situation is "too hot"

Pope Francis has called on world leaders to seek answers to the crisis through diplomacy as he claims humanity would not be able to withstand a 'widespread war'

The pontiff suggested countries such as Norway intervene to solve the crisis (Photo: AFP)

Pope Francis has warned ‘a good part of humanity’ could be destroyed if the North Korea crisis deepens.

The pontiff called for diplomacy and a revived United Nations to take the lead in negotiating a resolution amid worsening tensions.

North Korea test-fired a ballistic missile on the weekend shortly after US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson warned that failure to curb Kim Jong-un ’s nuclear and ballistic weapons programmes could lead to “catastrophic consequences”.

The Pope said: “This question of missiles in Korea has been brewing for more than a year but now it seems the situation has become has become too hot.

Pope Francis said the answe was 'negotiations' (Photo: AFP)

“We are talking about the future of humanity. Today, a widespread war would destroy - I would not say half of humanity - but a good part of humanity, and of culture, everything, everything.

“It would be terrible. I don’t think that humanity today would be able to withstand it.”

Pope Francis believed another country could help settle the dispute between Pyongyang and Washington.

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Kim Jong-Un has been making nuclear threats (Photo: AFP)

He said: “I call on, and will call on, all leaders, as I have called on leaders of various places, to work to seek a solution to problems through the path of diplomacy.

“There are so many facilitators in the world, there are mediators who offer themselves, such as Norway for example.

“It is always ready to help. That is just one but there are many.

“But the path is the path of negotiations, of a diplomatic solution.”

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Emily Thornberry warned we are on the 'path to war' (Photo: BBC)

Shadow Foreign Secretary Emily Thornberry feared the ‘current path is leading us to war’.

She told Sky News: “Donald Trump needs to back off on this rhetoric and look at practical ways in which we can defuse the situation and indeed ensure that the North Koreans do not develop a bomb that they can land in America.