South Korea's Moon : No war on Korean Peninsula

Ivan Schwartz
August 18, 2017

However, the prime minister said the time is ripe for the South to review the construction of nuclear subs, which he said was different from nuclear armament.

Such a move would lead to an arms race in Asia and weaken worldwide efforts against North Korea's nuclear programme, Lee told broadcaster YTN?News on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, the chairman of the USA joint chiefs of staff General Joe Dunford yesterday said peace with North Korea is a "possibility", but warned the U.S. has "credible, viable military options" for dealing with the errant regime.

His comments follow a spike in animosity generated by North Korea's warning that it might send missiles into waters near the USA territory of Guam, and Mr Trump's warlike language.

Mr Moon separately called for a peaceful solution to the nuclear stand-off, saying that "there must not be another war on the Korean Peninsula".

On Wednesday, the chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, Marine Corps Gen. Joseph Dunford, continued a visit to China following talks the day before with his Chinese counterpart that touched on North Korea.

Asked about potential unilateral United States action, he said "that's purely speculative and a decision to do that would be by the president".

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Mr Trump wrote: "The alternative would have been both catastrophic and unacceptable!"

Gen Dunford, who met with senior South Korean military officials and President Moon Jae-in, "stressed that North Korea's ballistic missile and nuclear weapons programs threaten the entire global community", according to USA military spokesman Captain Darryn James.

In a meeting with Moon on Monday, Dunford reiterated the US's commitment to protect South Korea. "I do not necessarily believe that showed his determination to take military options". In recent months, China has joined with Russian Federation in calling for the U.S.to suspend annual military drills with South Korea in exchange for Pyongyang halting its missile and nuclear tests as a first step toward direct talks.

Moon's comments follow a week of heightened tensions between Pyongyang and Washington, D.C. After raising the possibility of striking a United States territory last week, North Korea has reportedly backed off from its threat to launch missiles at Guam.

The North accused the USA of mobilising a huge number of weapons and troops for annual military drills with South Korea that begin later this month. Analysts said that a wide swath of the continental United States, including Los Angeles and Chicago, could be within reach of those missiles, once they're perfected.

Earlier this month, Trump threatened to unleash "fire and fury" on North Korea if it continues to advance his nuclear program. The liquid-fuel missile is created to be fired from road mobile launchers and has been described by North Korea as built for attacking Alaska and Hawaii.

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