South Korean President 'Confident' Of No War With North

Frederick Owens
August 19, 2017

The annual Ulchi Freedom Guardian exercises, which will start on August 21, would "further drive the situation on the Korean Peninsula into a catastrophe", according to a brief statement released by the North Korean state agency KCNA. "But we don't need to be impatient", he said. That explains the cacophony on North Korean affairs within the US administration. "I can confidently say there will not be war again on the Korean Peninsula", Moon continued.

Also Monday, the top USA military officer said that the United States wants to peacefully resolve the standoff but is also ready to use the "full range" of its military capabilities in case of provocation.

From many visits to the Republic of Korea as a governor, USA senator and private citizen through the years, I have admired the rise of free people who appreciate American's historic sacrifice for their freedom and share our values as trusted allies.

However, he said that "what's unimaginable is allowing KJU (North Korean leader Kim Jong-un) to develop ballistic missiles with a nuclear warhead that can threaten the United States and continue to threaten the region".

With his public alarmed by President Donald Trump's recent threats to North Korea, President Moon Jae-in of South Korea issued an unusually blunt rebuke to the United States on Tuesday, warning that any unilateral military action against the North over its nuclear weapons program would be intolerable. None of my South Korean relatives called me about the North Korean threat.

Kim has said he will put off making a decision on whether to launch the missiles towards Guam, wanting to watch the USA administration's actions a while longer.

U.S. Forces Korea, the command that oversees some 28,500 American military personnel on the Korean Peninsula, has no current plans to change the size, format or messaging for this year's exercise, said Army Col. Chad G. Carroll, a military spokesman in South Korea.

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The spokeswoman stressed that security issues were crucial for the Korean Peninsula, and every party to the conflict needed to make well-balanced decisions on tackling their security concerns in order to pave the way to a peaceful reconciliation. "North Korea is nearing a threshold for the red line", Moon said. "I will prevent another war at all cost", Moon said at the presidential Blue House, which lies just 30 miles south of the Demilitarized Zone that separates the two Koreas.

North Korea, which is angry over the new United Nations sanctions, continued its tough stance on Monday.

Some conservatives want more strength, however, and are calling for the United States to bring back the tactical nuclear weapons that were withdrawn from the South in the 1990s.

Kim Jong-un, earlier this week, made a decision to put the missile attack plans on hold "in order to defuse the tensions" with the U.S., adding he wanted to watch how the USA behaves a little more before launching the offensive.

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.

For all his bluster, Trump's words did not appear to be backed by significant military mobilization on either side of the Pacific, and an important, quiet diplomatic channel remained open.

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