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Top general warns North Korea: US military is ready

Top general warns North Korea: US military is ready Top general warns North Korea: US military is ready
Melinda Barton | 18 August, 2017, 04:37

The North's official Korean Central News Agency said: "What matters is that if a second conflict (on the peninsula) erupts, that can not help but lead to a nuclear war". "President Donald Trump has promised that the US would fully discuss and seek approval for every option it takes against North Korea", he said. It was the reiteration of his comments made Tuesday to mark the 72nd anniversary of the peninsula's liberation from the 1910-45 Japanese colonization.

"It's the turning point to make a resolute decision and return to peace talks", Hua said when asked about Moon's comments at a regular news briefing.

Dunford said the prioritizing diplomacy or economic sanctions to resolve the North Korean issue, adding military options will be put in place if those efforts fail. "Phasing out of nuclear power would take more than 60 years". While speaking with reporters on his flight to South Korea on August 13, Dunford said that "no one is more reluctant to going to war", than the United States, since they are the ones who would have to make the actual sacrifices. He said, "Any military action against North Korea should be decided only by South Korea and not by anyone else without the South's permission". From September 5th, it will no longer buy North Korean coal, iron and iron ore, lead and fish, among other items.

Pyongyang has stepped up its nuclear and missile programs, with two nuclear tests a year ago, as well as a series of missile launches, including those capable of reaching the continental U.S.

He was a supporter of the "Sunshine Policy", an attempt to improve relations between the two Koreas from 1998 to 2008, and was chief of staff to former South Korean President Roh Moo-hyun.

The United States has rejected that option, saying the exercise is needed to deter North Korean aggression as Washington seeks peaceful means to stop Pyongyang's nuclear weapons development. Under such conditions, an opportunity for dialogue would be created, he said.

North Korea, which is angry over new United Nations sanctions condemning its rapidly developing nuclear and missile programme, continued its tough stance on Monday.

Pyongyang said Tuesday it had finalized a plan to fire four missiles less than 25 miles off Guam but state media said leader Kim Jong Un would wait to assess the US' next move before giving launch orders.

Kim was also quoted as saying by the KCNA in an English dispatch that he would "watch a little more the foolish and stupid conduct of the Yankees spending a hard time of every minute of their miserable lot", before deciding whether to carry out his threat against Guam.

H.R. McMaster, Trump's national security adviser, met Japan's defense and foreign ministers in Washington on Wednesday to discuss the importance of Tokyo's ballistic missile defenses and deterring North Korea's provocations, according to the Japanese government.

He said: "I can confidently say there will not be a war again on the Korean Peninsula". "I don't think they were made with an absolute intention for a military action", Moon said.

However, he emphasized that any solution "must begin with a nuclear freeze", and "North Korea must stop additional nuclear and missile provocations".

Without Beijing's action, Cheong said, hope for a change of heart in Pyongyang was "unrealistic". "It's a firm agreement between South Korea and the United States", Moon said.

Describing the division of the Korean peninsula as an "unfortunate heritage of the colonial period", the President said the South can "determine their own fate".

"He conveyed America's readiness to use the full range of military capabilities to defend our allies and the USA homeland", Capt James said.