South Korea ready to counter North Korea threats - Airforce chief

Cesar Mills
August 19, 2017

Mr Trump tweeted on Wednesday that Mr Kim had "made a very wise and well reasoned decision", amid indications North Korea had decided not to proceed with its multiple missile launch.

"The alternative would have been both catastrophic and unacceptable", Trump noted regarding the initial decision that Pyongyang made last week.

North Korea has long ignored warnings from the West and from its lone major ally, China, to halt its nuclear and missile tests which it conducts in defiance of U.N. Security Council resolutions.

The North Korean leader "said that the US imperialists put their own necks into the noose through their reckless military confrontation racket, adding that he would watch a little longer the conduct of the foolish and stupid Yankees", the ambassador told Guterres. North Korea had threatened to launch missiles targeting waters near the US territory of Guam in the Pacific Ocean.

North Korea this week has detailed its plan to test-launch ballistic missiles into waters near the U.S. Pacific territory.

After days of hostility between the two countries, North Korea, on Tuesday took a step back and eased out the military tensions with the United State (US).

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But that doesn't mean Moon would prefer that the U.S. unilaterally make life-or-death decisions impacting his country. Mr Trump wrote: "The alternative would have been both catastrophic and unacceptable!" Trump tweeted on Wednesday.

Defence Secretary Jim Mattis said on Thursday the USA military would be prepared to intercept any missile heading toward the U.S. territory or that of its allies. Following the statement, Pyongyang said it considered an attack near the Pacific island of Guam, where several United States military bases are located. "It is important for them to draw the United States' attention to the fact that North Korea, despite all the propaganda that describes it as an aggressive and unpredictable state, has turned out to be capable of searching for compromises and putting them forward", Zhebin pointed out. More than ever before say that it is likely that President Trump will get the country into a war.

Dunford said the US military will continue to develop Sino-US military relations and added both sides should take every opportunity to deepen communication and tackle current issues in a constructive way.

Dunford is visiting China this week after holding meetings with military officials in South Korea, where he reiterated Washington's readiness to use military means to defend its allies.

China - which is Pyongyang's main economic partner - had announced this week that it was banning imports of iron, iron ore, lead and seafood from North Korea in accordance with new United Nations sanctions.

North Korea claims the annual drills, scheduled for later this month, are a prelude for an invasion.

Other reports by GizPress

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