US, South Korean defence chiefs to meet this month - Pentagon

Glen Mclaughlin
August 19, 2017

"I would consider that North Korea is crossing a red line if it launches an intercontinental ballistic missile again and weaponizes it by putting a nuclear warhead on top of the missile", Moon said.

At a press conference to mark his first 100 days in office, Moon declared he would "prevent war at all cost".

"The US and President Trump also said, no matter what option they take about North Korea, all decisions will be made after consulting with and getting agreement with the Republic of Korea".

Dunford was responding to questions about Trump's chief strategist Steve Bannon saying in a new interview that there's no military solution to the threat posed by North Korea.

He also called for the resumption of a dialogue with North Korea. Each year, the exercises expand bit by bit, and each year, North Korea issues threats in response. While some experts believe it may have the technology, others caution that even if it doesn't, North Korea should be taken at its word.

"At the same time, it is seeking its own sanctions, and I believe President Trump sought to pressure North Korea by showing a firm determination. I want to warn North Korea to do no more risky gambling", added Moon. "There's no equivalency", between North Korea's illegal nuclear and missile testing and the US's regularly scheduled, internationally monitored, and completely legal bilateral drills, according to Nauert.

His comments are made in an effort to calm fears amid the North's recent warnings that it will launch missiles into the waters surrounding the U.S. territory of Guam.

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-South Korean military exercises that enrage the North each year could make diplomacy even more hard. "At least North Korea must stop further provocations before it can be ready for dialogue".

He was a supporter of the "Sunshine Policy", an attempt to improve relations between the two Koreas from 1998 to 2008, and was chief of staff to former South Korean President Roh Moo-hyun.

"China hopes that all the parties involved will fully observe Resolution 2371 of the UN Security Council and continue to take steps to counter the development of the DPRK [North Korea] nuclear program, but also fulfill their commitments and take more efforts to renew the talks as soon as possible", Hua added.

Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi said in a phone conversation with his Russian counterpart, Sergey Lavrov, this week that the two countries should work together to contain tensions and permit no-one to "stir up an incident on their doorstep".

"Under the right conditions, I will also go to Pyongyang".

Soon after coming to office he delayed the deployment of the US-developed THAAD anti-missile system.

Other reports by MaliBehiribAe

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