Top US general says it's Trump's decision whether to strike N. Korea

Marsha Scott
August 18, 2017

But Gen. Joseph Dunford also said that military options were there in case diplomacy and sanctions failed, according to the South Korean account of the meetings. The Washington Post was not permitted to attend an "invited press event" that Dunford held after the meeting and no transcript was provided.

Guam, some 7,000 km from the U.S. mainland, is a target because it is home to U.S. Naval and Air Force bases, from which two B-1B supersonic bombers were deployed close to the Korean peninsula on Tuesday. PRESSURE ON CHINA Trump has urged China, the North's main ally and trading partner, to do more to rein in its neighbor, often linking Beijing's efforts to comments around U.S.

The decision was announced on Monday after days of increasingly bellicose rhetoric between US President Donald Trump and Kim Jong-Un's regime, which has raised worldwide alarm about where the crisis is headed. Moon said North Korea must stop issuing menacing statements and provoking.

China announced Monday it will cut off imports of North Korean coal, iron ore and other goods in three weeks under United Nations sanctions imposed over the North's nuclear and missile programs.

However, Pyongyang maintained its tough rhetoric against the South and the United States on Monday, accusing Washington of mobilizing a large number of troops and weapons for annual military drills set to take place with South Korea later this month.

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Dunford previously stressed to reporters, however, that the U.S. is "seeking a peaceful resolution to the crisis", local media reported. He even suggested that the gap between the allies was not large as both were focused on peace.

North Korea has claimed that the drill is a rehearsal for northern invasion, despite reassurances by Seoul and Washington that it is defensive in nature.

The chief executive is also seen as having asked for the support of the U.S.in allowing Seoul to take the "driver's seat" on current outstanding issues by explaining that Seoul and Washington are on the same page when it comes to Korean affairs.

"I don't think military action is imminent, but we're on a collision course with North Korea", Graham said on "Fox News Sunday". Pyongyang, which claims the drills are war preparation, says it will be ready to send its Guam missile launch plan to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un for approval just before or as the drills begin.

South Korean newspaper Asia Business reported Wednesday the presidential Blue House disagrees with news reports suggesting Moon was warning the United States, and particularly U.S. President Donald Trump, on the anniversary marking Korean liberation from Japanese colonial rule.

Other reports by MaliBehiribAe

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