There will be no war on Korean peninsula: South Korean President

Frederick Owens
August 19, 2017

South Korean citizens and the media have been less shy about ripping into both Trump, for his threat, and the government of President Moon Jae-in, for not taking the USA president to task for evoking a potential war that would likely result in tens of thousands of Korean deaths.

He said the 1950-53 Korean war had "cost more than a million lives, left cities in ruins and perpetuated the division of the peninsula".

South Korean Defense Minister Song Young-moo and his USA counterpart James Mattis had a phone conversation on Wednesday to discuss ways to bolster the Seoul-Washington alliance to deal with the North's nuclear and missile threats.

Following Trump's vow to unleash "fire and fury" on North Korea, Kim's regime threatened to fire four Hwasong-12 missiles over Japan into waters near Guam, home to USA military bases in the region.

Following Trump's recent "fire and fury" threat against the North, Moon told reporters he believes the USA leader was just aiming "to pressure North Korea by showing a firm determination".

Don't be-it won't happen, says South Korea, which claims President Trump won't strike North Korea without its say-so.

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"To me, the economic war with China is everything". In recent months, China has joined with Russian Federation in calling for the U.S.to suspend annual military drills with South Korea in exchange for Pyongyang placing a moratorium on new missile and nuclear tests as a first step toward direct talks. North Korea has since carried out three nuclear tests and launched a series of missiles, including intercontinental ballistic missiles.

America's top military chief arrived in Seoul today as South Korea's president warned that peace on the peninsula would not be achieved by force. Moon has repeatedly urged North Korea not to "cross the red line" but had not previously elaborated what that would constitute. During the trip, he met with Fan Changlong, a vice chairman of China's Central Military Commission, and discussed military issues on the Korean Peninsula.

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.

"By trying to incriminate Beijing as an accomplice in (North Korea's) nuclear adventure and blame it for a failure that is essentially a failure of all stakeholders, Trump risks making the serious mistake of splitting up the worldwide coalition that is the means to resolve the issue peacefully", it said. "It's a firm agreement between South Korea and the United States", Moon said. "But we don't need to be impatient", he said. But his efforts have so far been met with a string of threats and missile tests as the North works to build nuclear-armed missiles that can reach the US mainland.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said that China has said many times the essence of China-U.S. trade and business ties is mutual benefit and that there is no future in any trade war between China and the United States.

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