United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Friday said the situation on the Korean Peninsula was the “most tense and dangerous peace and security matter in the world today”. The Secretary General expressed concern over the risk of a military confrontation in the region, “including as a result of miscalculation.”

“While all concerned seek to avoid an accidental escalation leading to conflict, the risk is being multiplied by misplaced over-confidence, dangerous narratives and rhetoric, and the lack of communication channels,” Guterres told UN Security Council’s ministerial-level meeting in Japan. The meet was conducted to discuss the situation in Korea.

Guterres warned that any military action would have “devastating and unpredictable consequences”.