Top US general says 'unambiguously' no place for bigotry in US Military

Ivan Schwartz
August 18, 2017

Moon said he believes dialogue with North Korea can happen when North Korea stops missile and nuclear tests.

The military-to-military contacts between the United States and China are important because there will always be some friction between the two countries...lessening miscalculation is the minimum standard for military-to-military contacts...

At a separate meeting, Chinese President Xi Jinping told Dunford that promoting constructive relations between the two militaries is very important to help deepen ties between the two sides.

The chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, Marine Corps General Joseph Dunford, told reporters that President Donald Trump directly has "told us to develop credible viable military options and that's exactly what we're doing".

The top United States general on Tuesday said both the United States and China are committed to working through tough issues, which comes amid heightened tensions over North Korea's nuclear missile program, Reuters reported Tuesday.

Gen Dunford was responding to questions about Mr Trump's chief strategist Steve Bannon saying in a new interview that the threat posed by North Korea can not be handled by force.

Li Jie, a Chinese military analyst, told the South China Morning Post that China was not willing to go beyond economic sanctions. "Until somebody solves the part of the equation that shows me that 10 million people in Seoul don't die in the first 30 minutes from conventional weapons, I don't know what you're talking about, there's no military solution here, they got us".

During his visit, Dunford also met with Fang Fenghui, chief of the CMC Joint Staff Department; Fan Changlong, CMC vice chairman, and Chinese State Councilor Yang Jiechi.

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The latest exercise is scheduled to start on August 21, involving tens of thousands of United States and South Korean troops. At the same time, Moon repeated his call for the North to come to the dialogue table.

"This is uncharacteristic of the normal safe behavior we see from the Chinese military", Pentagon spokesman Jeff Davis said after the incident.

According to a U.S. Defense Department press release, Dunford and Fang signed a joint strategic dialogue mechanism at the Ba Yi, the PLA headquarters. I think our collective challenge is to sincerely and with candor attack these issues that we have to address...

Dunford's comments came at the same time South Korean President Moon Jae-in said the USA has promised to seek its approval before taking military action against North Korea.

"The alternative would have been both catastrophic and unacceptable!"

The United States, South Korea and Japan are approaching the issue as an alliance. "And that's really one of the issues that we will work on".

In Seoul, South Korean President Moon Jae-in vowed yesterday "there will be no war" on the peninsula.

THAAD refers to the Terminal High Altitude Area Defence anti-missile system the United States has deployed in South Korea to defend against North Korea.

Dunford, who is now visiting Asia, said the United States and China "have many hard issues where we will not necessarily have the same perspectives", according to a Defense Department statement.

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