Thursday, 14 December, 2017

UN chief offers help to broker North Korea talks

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Kenny Thornton | 18 August, 2017, 09:22

"There's no military solution, forget it", Bannon told The American Prospect.

However, Kim Jong Un, the young leader of North Korea, may see the Trump warnings of military action as very credible.

But Xi during his meeting with Dunford praised the general for a visit demonstrating that "military-to-military relations have made a substantial step forward". "Now you've got a president who is certainly a different kind of president, and when Kim starts talking big, Trump says 'I see you and raise you one'".

Today he also met with Fan Changlong, vice chairman of the ruling Communist Party's Central Military Commission, and Yang Jiechi, China's top diplomat. The Trump administration's pledge to meet North Korean threats with "fire and fury" may have had something to do with that.

Dunford said in Beijing that his goal was to "continue to develop our military-to-military relationships, to mitigate the risk of miscalculation in the region and to have cooperation where those opportunities exist", according to a Pentagon statement.

"And I said why are they so important?" He also declared, amid fears in South Korea that threats from Trump to unleash "fire and fury" on Pyongyang could lead to real fighting, that there would be no second war on the Korean Peninsula. North Korea on the other hand wants the U.S.to drop its hostile policies before agreeing to talks.

It has just come on the news that North Korea has just backed away from its threat to to launch missiles toward Guam.

He stated he was ashamed and appalled by President Trump's reaction to North Korea's dictator Kim Jong Un and his recent tests of ICBMs, which he bragged could now reach the US mainland. In a case of the pot calling the kettle black, Kim warned the US, as reported by The Wall Street Journal, "to take into full account" whether the current standoff was to its benefit.

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But North Korea released propaganda posters on Thursday boasting that the US mainland "is within our strike range!" and condemning United Nations sanctions over its recent missile tests.

Dunford told reporters that he has advised the USA leadership not to dial back on the exercises with South Korea.

"As long as the threat from North Korea exists, we need to maintain a high state of readiness to respond to that threat", Dunford told reporters in Beijing.

Moon was elected in May after a near-decade of conservative rule that saw animosity deepen between the rival Koreas. He's a liberal who wants to engage the North. It has been reported that the USA has identified 12 locations in North Korea (essentially their missile silos and other related infrastructure) for undertaking precision bombing.

Needless to say, those living in Guam can breathe a giant sigh of relief. That renews the relevance of questions about the prudence of military action, the public's tolerance for a looming specter of nuclear conflict, and Trump's ability to lead effectively in a moment of crisis.

"Through a firm partnership between Japan and the United States and cooperating with China, Russia and the worldwide community, we agreed that our priority was to work to ensure that North Korea doesn't launch more missiles", Abe told reporter after he spoke to Trump.

China has repeatedly called on both the US and North Korea to ease tensions and lay the basis for talks by suspending joint US-South Korean exercises in return for a halt on North Korean missile and nuclear tests. "I think we're heading down the right road".

"If there is a point in time when a degree of trust exists between the two parties for a quid pro quo agreement, then one or both exercises might be up for being suspended", said McKinney, the non-resident Korea Chair at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

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