North Korea media grade South korea's Moon a 'fail'

Pauline Gross
August 19, 2017

"President Donald Trump has promised that the US would fully discuss and seek approval for every option it takes against North Korea", he said.

SEOUL | The south Korean president Moon Jae-In has assured Thursday that there would be no war on the peninsula since Seoul has a veto, de facto, on any military action that could decide Washington in response to the nuclear ambitions of Pyongyang. "There is confusion", the South Korean ambassador said. "The U.S. now sees itself as the primary concern and the South Koreans as a secondary concern". Another Washington D.C. source, familiar with both the South Korean and USA situation, said, "Realistically, it's hard to minimize or adjust the scope of the Ulchi Freedom Guardian exercise, which is happening very soon", but also added that, "however, offering the possibility of minimizing and adjusting the next exercise could be part of a viable negotiation strategy toward North Korea".

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, speaking to reporters in Washington, pushed all responsibility for finding a diplomatic solution onto Kim Jong Un. "This is an unpardonable plot toeing the United States line to suffocate the DPRK", it said, using the abbreviation of the North's official name.

Moon has long wished to ease tensions on the peninsula through negotiations, and last month called for talks with North Korea.

During the campaign, Moon raised questions about a US missile shield, pushed for dialogue with Kim Jong Un, and sought to mend ties with China, North Korea's main ally and benefactor.

Pyongyang vowed to launch a medium-range ballistic missile to reach an area near the United States territory of Guam, some 3,200km from North Korea. The North has already snubbed the South's offers of dialogue, and yet Moon has made the same offers again, giving the impression the South is begging for talks.

It is rare for South Korean presidents to publicly touch on the issue of forced labor, which has not been raised in recent years.

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Moon was elected in May after a near-decade of conservative rule that saw animosity deepen between the rival Koreas. President Moon's statement on North Korea can thus be interpreted as a cautionary response to the situation.

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Moon has repeatedly stressed that he is open to dialogue with North Korea, if conditions are met and North Korea temporarily halts its nuclear program.

US President Donald Trump has traded threats with the communist government.

The administration of former South Korean President Roh Moo-hyun, who shares Moon's left-leaning inclinations, said in 2005 that comfort women, atomic bomb survivors and South Korean nationals who remain in Sakhalin have the right to claim individual compensation for Japan's "inhumane acts".

The article also reiterated that the nuclear issue on the Korean peninsula "needs be entirely resolved between the DPRK and the U.S." as it is caused by the U.S.'s "ceaseless nuclear threats and blackmail". "This is a firm agreement between South Korea and the U.S. People can be assured and trust that there will be no war".

North Korea, of course, responded in kind, using the same pugnacious language its propaganda machine has fired off for years, but also specifically threatening to strike around Guam, a USA territory in the Pacific that is home to about 200,000 American citizens and a major US military presence. "If they shoot at the United States, I'm assuming they hit the United States-if they do that, then it's "game on", he said.

"Another commentary entitled "[The South and the U.S. Presidents] can't escape responsibility for the current situation", criticized a speech by President Moon on Tuesday. The Chamorros settled the island approximately 4,000 years ago. -South Korea military drills slated to start August 21.

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