No war on Korean peninsula: South Korean President Moon Jae

South Korean Army K1A1 and U.S. Army M1A2 tanks fire live rounds during a U.S.-South Korea joint live-fire military exercise at a training field near the DMZ in Pocheon

Backing up the president's assertion, Gen. However, Marine Corps Gen. Joseph Dunford, who is chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, suggested that while that outcome would be bad, a nuclear attack on the U.S. would be worse.

"I can confidently say there will not be a war again on the Korean Peninsula".

During an inspection of the North Korean strategic rocket forces earlier this week, 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, according to state media.

The conference ended with a strong statement condemning North Korea's nuclear and ballistic missile tests, but USA officials have had to repeatedly reassure allies that Trump does not intend to escalate an already precarious standoff.

Both events routinely anger North Korea, which insists that the exercises are rehearsals for an invasion.

Moon insisted the US leader's remarks had been aimed at increasing pressure on North Korea, instead of signaling an imminent military action against the reclusive state.

"North Korea is nearing the critical point".

North Korea has repeatedly threatened to target Japan, which hosts around 54,000 USA military personnel, as well as South Korea and the United States with its missiles.

But even as Kim Jong Un's regime makes technical progress and delivers shrill threats, the North Korean problem must be solved through peaceful means.

As tensions escalate, South Korean President Moon Jae-in promised his citizens last week there "will be no war on the Korean Peninsula ever again". It will take resolute steps the moment even a slight sign of the "preventive war" is spotted. Steve Bannon, the White House's chief strategist, told The American Prospect that there was no military solution to Pyongyang's nuclear threat. "I do not necessarily believe that showed his determination to take military options", Moon said.

Defense Secretary James Mattis warned Pyongyang that both the United States and Japan would respond with overwhelming force if it attacks first.

"So behind the scenes, there seems to be a fair amount of consensus", Green said. China, North Korea's main ally and trading partner, has urged the United States and South Korea to scrap the drills in exchange for North Korea calling a halt to its weapons programmes.

"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.

He added that Trump has "told us to develop credible viable military options and that's exactly what we're doing".

It said seven other countries that are part of the United Nations Command - Australia, Canada, Colombia, Denmark, New Zealand, the Netherlands and Britain - will also participate.

In the United States president's first formal comments on the apparent de-escalation, he tweeted: "Kim Jong-un made a very wise and well reasoned decision...."

"I believe North Korea completing its development of ICBMs and mounting nuclear warheads on ballistic missiles will mark its crossing the red line", Moon said.

Moon was elected in May after a near-decade of conservative rule that saw animosity deepen between the rival Koreas.

As is normal, the statement underlined that the United States would preserve Japan's security using the "full range of capabilities, including US nuclear forces". "The South Korean government will approach history issues from this stance", Moon said.

Moon has called for reducing tensions through talks and engagement.

The US and South Korea hold two sets of war games every year, involving a massive number of troops and military hardware.

The allies could look to make a conciliatory gesture towards Pyongyang by not involving USA strategic assets such as stealth bombers or aircraft carriers, said Koo Kab-Woo, a professor at the Seoul-based University of North Korean Studies.



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