DPRK slams South Korean president for north policy

Frederick Owens
August 19, 2017

"As tensions run high between the USA and North Korea, Moon has a good reason to tone them down amid fear of a war", Kim said.

Hua also said if the United States has a better plan that "involves the peaceful resolution of the North Korea nuclear issue and the restoration of peaceful dialogue, China will support it with a positive and open attitude".

Dunford was responding to questions about comments by Trump's chief strategist Steve Bannon, who was quoted in an interview with The American Prospect as saying "there's no military solution" to the North Korean problem. "In that respect, North Korea is nearing the red line".

"The drills deal with all the steps involved in a war, of course, towards victory", said Moon Seong-mook, a retired South Korean brigadier who regularly participated in the drills until the mid-2000s. In March, the beginning of Foal Eagle prompted North Korea to test-fire four ballistic missiles, which in turn prompted the Pentagon to announce that it was assembling a missile defense system known as Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) on the Korean Peninsula with approval of the government in Seoul.

North Korea last month, for the first time, launched two intercontinental ballistic missiles with the theoretical capability to reach deep into the United States mainland, at least as far as Denver and possibly to NY.

However, they do not appear to have been made with the intention to take military action, Mr Moon said at a news conference to mark his first 100 days in office.

"So behind the scenes, there seems to be a fair amount of consensus", Green said.

"Dialogue and sanctions simply can not go together", it asserted.

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He said the military was developing "credible, viable military options" upon orders from Trump. If North Korea engages in another provocation in the form of a nuclear or missile test, it could lead to controversy over whether such behavior crossed the red line drawn by President Moon. He warned last week that the American military is "locked and loaded" and that the Kim regime would feel the United States military's "fire and fury" if it attacked.

During an inspection of the North Korean strategic rocket forces earlier this week, Mr Kim praised the military for drawing up a "close and careful plan" but said he would watch how Washington acts before deciding whether to go ahead with his Guam missile test plans.

The drills, which began in the 1970s and involved 25,000 American and 50,000 South Korean soldiers a year ago, consist mainly of computer simulations aimed at honing joint-decision making and planning and improving command operations.

"A dialogue between South and North Korea must resume".

Amid the current tensions, these calls have been gaining ground.

Mr Moon wants to engage with the North, but his efforts have so far been met with a string of threats and missile tests as Pyongyang works to build nuclear-armed missiles that can reach the U.S. mainland.

However, analysts say the idea has little chance of becoming reality as long as Moon's liberal government is in power.

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