South Korea's Moon Confident There'll Be No War With North

Pauline Gross
August 19, 2017

"They are just, legal and annual drills that are focused on defence and to curb North Korea's provocations", he told a regular briefing in Seoul.

Bannon, Trump's chief strategic, was quoted Wednesday as saying that "there's no military solution" to the North Korean problem.

It said: "The problem is that if the war occurs, it can only be turned into a nuclear war".

Many marchers on Tuesday, however, said they believe that only peace talks with North Korea will ease rising tensions while USA forces and THAAD make the situation worse.

"We don't feel they've reached that point yet but it's true they are approaching it". "I'm not like the other administration that would say we're going into Mosul in four months".

Moon Jae-in, the president of South Korea, said Tuesday that no country "should be allowed" to take military action on North Korea without first being approved by Seoul.

China has repeatedly urged Pyongyang to halt its weapons program and urged South Korea and the U.S. to stop military drills in order to lower tensions. "I can confidently say there will not be a war again on the Korean Peninsula".

The North on Monday said any war could "only be turned into a nuclear war".

"South Korea is an ally and everything we do in the region is in the context of our alliance", Dunford said.

Trump's recent threats followed a report that US intelligence indicates North Korea can now put a nuclear warhead on its long-range missiles.

"China is not too anxious that the United States might suddenly attack North Korea".

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The South Korean president added he was in regular contact with the US, and that Trump's administration had "promised to sufficiently consult with South Korea and get our approval for whatever option they will take against North Korea".

"The alternative would have been both catastrophic and unacceptable!" There will be approximately 17,500 total USA service members participating, with approximately 3,000 coming from off-peninsula.

Lee, who also spoke before the meeting which was arranged to discuss the economic impact from the risks posed by North Korea, said there was no need for serious concern because South Korea's economic fundamentals were strong.

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

North Korea appeared to link the fate of its United States prisoners to ongoing tensions today, saying now is not the right time to discuss their release.

Moon was elected in May after a near-decade of conservative rule that saw animosity deepen between the rival Koreas.

If Moon appears somewhat ambivalent, however he still is showing his desire for independence from the fetters of the American relationship - albeit not in a way that will be pleasing to North Korea.

Jin Soo-young, 33, said she believes North Korea's missile tests are created to force the US and South Korea to negotiate for a peace treaty to replace the armistice that left the sides technically at war after three years of bitter fighting ended in 1953.

Washington and Seoul agreed past year to station a Terminal High Altitude Area Defense system in a remote southeastern region to counter the growing threat from North Korea.

Dunford said Thursday that a peaceful resolution to North Korea tensions was still preferred, but that nobody thinks economic pressure will be enough to force Pyongyang to back down.

Two leading US national security officials said a military confrontation with North Korea is not imminent, but they indicated the possibility of war still looms.

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