Mairead Maguire in appeal to Trump for 'diplomacy' over North Korea
NOBEL laureate Mairead Maguire has appealed to US President Donald Trump to resolve issues with North Korea by "means of dialogue and diplomacy".
The Belfast woman, who won the Nobel prize in 1976 for her work with the Peace People, asked Mr Trump "not to carry out a military strike" on North Korea.
The peace campaigner issued the direct appeal after visiting women's peace movements in North and South Korea last year.
Her appeal comes as envoys from the US, Japan and South Korea met in Tokyo to discuss the growing threat posed by North Korea's nuclear weapons and missiles programme.
Donald Trump has said how much North Korean leader, Kim Jong Un desires peace will be a deciding factor in easing tensions between the two nations.
However, while he has also asked China, North Korea's benefactor, to help defuse the situation, he has warned that the US will settle the issue alone if other countries will not help.
Ms Maguire said the people of North and South Korea "want peace and they want a peace treaty".
"They do not want their country bombed or their government to bomb others," she said.
"I therefore would like to appeal to President Trump and this administration not to carry out a military strike on North Korea but to use the means of dialogue and diplomacy to reach a peace treaty for North Korea. Such peace leadership by President Trump would give hope to the people of Korea and all of humanity.
"The people of the world need to know that peace is possible between all the human family and that there are political leaders who have the courage to move from enmity to friendship and war to peace".