But any diplomatic agreement seems unlikely as no one knows what hermit leader Kim Jong-un actually wants, Bill Richardson said.
North Korea's defiance to carry out missile tests should be of grave concern to the whole world, Mr Richardson chillingly warned.
The United States and South Korea today launched a joint air force military exercise in response to the reclusive national’s provocations over recent weeks.
Bill Richardson warned the world to be 'concerned' about Kim Jong-un
He doesn’t talk to anybody, he just conducts a lot of missile tests
However, even with America’s ability to align itself with the Chinese, a former US diplomat warns it may not be enough to stop North Korea’s crackpot leader.
Speaking on Radio 4 on Monday, Bill Richardson said: “China is moving in the direction of pressuring North Korea a lot more than it has in the past and it may make a small difference.
A large military parade was held in North Korea last week
“I believe it’s going to take a deal between the United States and North Korea to bring the missile tests to a standstill, perhaps a moratorium involving South Korea, Japan.
“A multi-party deal that in exchange for a moratorium, North Korea might get some energy assistance, maybe some lifting of sanctions, some humanitarian assistance.”
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Mr Richardson, who has visited the reclusive nation eight times and negotiated prisoner release talks, warned of the risks dealing with the “unpredictable” Kim Jong-un.
North Korea carried out a failed missile launch on Sunday
“You don’t know what he wants,” he continued. “He doesn’t talk to anybody, he just conducts a lot of missile tests, nuclear weapons tests.
“So it’s a very uncertain, a very unstable situation in the Korean peninsula that should be a concern for the entire international community.”
North Korea has held a series of large-scale parades in the past week, including a huge celebration and military ceremony on Saturday.
And on Sunday, the secretive state carried its latest missile test which failed after an explosion was heard seconds after launch.
Meanwhile, about 1,000 US airmen and fighter jets partnered with the South Korean Air Force in a joint training exercise on Monday, according to Pacific Command.
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Codenamed Max Thunder, the allies undertook the military exercise in an effort to ensure they’re ready to combat the North’s provocations.
Lt. Gen. Thomas W. Bergeson, 7th Air Force commander, said: “Exercise Max Thunder serves as an invaluable opportunity for US and South Korean forces to train together shoulder-to-shoulder and sharpen tactical skills vital to the defence and security of the Korean Peninsula.
“This exercise will rigorously test our aerial combat capability and highlights the ironclad commitment between the U.S. and (South Korea), and the multifaceted capabilities we possess in this theatre.”