Moon Jae-in: There will not be war on Korean Peninsula

Frederick Owens
August 19, 2017

Trump tweeted that Kim a had "made a very wise and well reasoned decision". "And we have to be maniacally focused on that", The American Prospect quoted Bannon as saying.

In Beijing, Dunford said it's "absolutely horrific if there would be a military solution to this problem, there's no question about it".

The drive to enlist Xi's help also included conciliatory signals from Mattis and Tillerson, who said the United States is willing to negotiate with North Korea, which China wants, without tough preconditions like a complete halt to the nuclear program. "And that is why we must prevent North Korea's additional provocations".

"China insists that consultation through dialogue is the only effective way to solve the problems on the peninsula, and military means can not be an option", Fan said when meeting with Dunford.

Dunford visited South Korea earlier in the week and flies to Japan Thursday night.

Trump administration also reportedly considering scaling back Ulchi Freedom Guardian exerciseAs tensions on the Korean Peninsula subside - tensions which intensified following U.S. President Donald Trump's "fire and fury" remarks and North Korea's threats to fire missiles near Guam - rumors from Washington, DC suggest that a review of the potential reduction or adjustment of the US-South Korea joint military exercises may be in the works.

North Korea's rapid progress in developing nuclear weapons and missiles capable of reaching the USA mainland has fueled a rise in tensions in recent months.

"All South Koreans have worked so hard together to rebuild the country from the ruins of the Korean War", he added.

Moon sought to reassure his citizens that United States military action would not be possible without the consent of the Republic of Korea, before reaffirming that both he and the USA shared the same position on North Korea.

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

Pyongyang tested two intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM) last month that appeared to bring much of the USA within range, triggering an intense warning by President Donald Trump that Washington could rain "fire and fury" on the North.

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In recent days, both Koreas and the USA have signaled a willingness to avert a deepening crisis, with each suggesting a path towards negotiations.

Secretary Mattis reaffirmed the ironclad USA commitment to defend the ROK and emphasized the military's role in providing extended deterrence.

Similarly, White House chief strategist Steve Bannon said in an interview published Wednesday that there was "no military solution" to North Korea's nuclear threats because of Pyongyang's artillery targeting the South Korean capital. "North Korea should at a minimum cease its provocations in order to establish a climate favourable to the dialogue".

"As long as the threat in North Korea exists we need to maintain a high state of readiness to respond to that threat", he said.

The main South Korean opposition Liberty Korea Party, the reincarnation of the conservative party that had been led by disgraced former president Park Geun-hye, this week added bringing American nuclear weapons back to its party platform.

Moon has repeatedly urged North Korea not to "cross the red line" but had not previously elaborated what that would constitute.

USA and South Korean officials have for months been expecting a sixth nuclear test. "[Moon] clamored "dialogue" and "implementation of the South-North declaration" in words but the action was the total opposite".

"The government, putting everything on the line, will block war by all means", Moon said.

Moon, who took office in May, told a news conference to mark his 100th day in office that USA and South Korean policies are aligned on North Korea.

On one hand, there is a deluge of urgent headlines: Analysts and pundits expound North Korea's latest motives, serving up their newest estimates on its weapons capabilities. Moon didn't elaborate, but many foreign experts have viewed the North's possessing a reliable ICBM as a tripwire for potential USA strikes.

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