Monday, 25 September, 2017

Moon says North Korea crisis must end peacefully

Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Joseph Dunford speaks at a news conference at U.S. Army Garrison Yongsan Seoul South Korea Monday Aug. 14 2017. The top U.S. military officer is warning during a trip to Seoul that the United States is ready to use the Guam, Japan prepare for possible North Korea missile launch
Laurie Berry | 18 August, 2017, 06:24

The comments were made during Dunford's visit to South Korea, where he is meeting with the country's military and political officials, as well as local media.

Dunford says he'll continue building the relationship he has with Gen. Fang Fenghui (FAHNG FENG-wuee), the head of the People's Liberation Army's joint staff department.

South Korea and the U.S. plan to conduct the two-week Ulchi-Freedom Guardian (UFG) exercise starting August 21 amid heightened tensions on the Korean Peninsula.

In a speech Tuesday, Moon said Seoul "will work closely with the United States to break through the security crisis".

"Regardless of whatever twist and turns we could experience, the North Korean nuclear program should absolutely be solved peacefully, and the (South Korean) government and the USA government don't have a different position on this".

"It would be reckless and irresponsible, considering North Korea's behavior", he said, pointing to the increased missile and nuclear testing.

"Despite our warning, if the USA continues to wield a nuclear bat in front of a nuclear power, it will only accelerate its own self-destruction", the KCNA said. He said he also spoke to Korean leaders about his trip to China, "and the messages we would be delivering when we met with our Chinese counterparts".

Beijing had pledged to fully enforce the latest sanctions after the United States accused China of not doing enough to rein in its neighbour, which relies heavily on the Asian giant for its economic survival. China announced today that it would implement an import ban tomorrow on North Korean iron ore, lead and coal as part of the sanctions.

US President Donald Trump has stated on Friday that North Korean leader Kim Jong-un "will genuinely regret" any hostile action against a US territory or US allies, the warning being released a few hours after, he wrote on Twitter the US weapons are already "loaded and armed" to fight against any threat posed by North Korea.

South Korean news outlets have cited officials as saying the North could be preparing for another intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) test launch.

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"I think we have to be honest".

Just over three months in office, South Korea's president is finding little room to maneuver between old enemy North Korea and increasing combativeness from long-time ally, the United States. The liquid-fuel missile is created to be fired from road mobile launchers and has been previously described by North Korea as built for attacking Alaska and Hawaii. This plan is viewed as a clear and direct threat to the United States with senior policymakers in Washington making clear it can move to counter Pyongyang's threats militarily.

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.

China, meanwhile, signaled a potentially important break with North Korea as part of worldwide sanctions.

Brooks said the alliance is strong and is prepared to face the threat from North Korea.

The Chinese and US militaries have joined in naval exercises off the coast of Hawaii and other limited multinational drills mainly aimed at dealing with humanitarian disasters. "We can't pinpoint the exact timing, but it will take at least one to two more years", Suh added.

"If that deterrence fails then we are in a position to defend the Republic of Korea".

"The relevant parties should exercise restraint, in order to avoid aggravating the words and deeds of the tense situation on the Korean peninsula", foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua said.

An estimated 10,000 protesters packed the streets around Seoul Square on Tuesday, calling on the government to scrap the deployment of the so-called US Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system and stop the joint military drills scheduled for next month. "[Troops from both nations] tell me that they want to be ready".

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