North Korea war would be horrific, USA general says

This is Dunford's first visit to China in his position and the highest-ranking military official to visit China since US President Donald Trump took office.

For decades, the United States has been trying to get China to use its influence and power to isolate North Korea.

Dunford said China and the United States already have the capability for secure video teleconferences between Dunford and Fang Fenghui, chief of the joint staff department of the People's Liberation Army.

"General Dunford delivered a clear message that North Korean ballistic missile and nuclear weapons programs threaten the entire global community, including China, Russia, the U.S. and our allies", said USA military spokesman Capt Darryn James in a statement.

Mr Moon said he thinks Mr Trump's belligerent words are meant to show a strong resolve for pressuring the North and don't necessarily display the willingness for military strikes.

Gen Dunford has been in Asia this week, visiting South Korea, Japan and China.

The top USA military officer told his Chinese counterpart Tuesday that the US and China have "many hard issues" to work through, during a visit that comes amid tensions over North Korea's missile program, Taiwan and China's claims in the South China Sea.

Mattis said that if North Korea launches a missile toward Japan, the U.S. Pacific island of Guam, the United States or South Korea, "we would take immediate, specific actions to take it down".

Mr Trump wrote: "The alternative would have been both catastrophic and unacceptable!"

During an inspection of the North Korean strategic rocket forces earlier this week, Mr 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. He visited the Republic of Korea on Sunday and travels to Japan later this week.

The move by North Korea apparently reflected its hope that the Japanese government will help it realize direct talks with the us government. US assurances about the character of a unified Korea are unlikely to change this. "But from the meeting we had in Washington, D.C., and the meeting we just had, I know we share one thing: we share a commitment to work through these difficulties". But even if the United States can't peel North Korea fully away from its chief sponsor state, opening that avenue of diplomacy might still be useful toward breaking the stalemate between Washington and Pyongyang.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was also asked about Kim's announcement that he would put off a potential missile strike on or near Guam.

A short dispatch from state news agency KCNA said Tuesday that a foreign ministry spokesman made the statement in response to foreign media reports that talks are ongoing. Guam is a US island territory and hosts two USA military bases. A miscalculation on either side could lead to military confrontation. So the Economist runs a "what if" scenario regarding a war with North Korea and, aside from the nuclear fallout issues, projected that 300,000 people would die, but Kim Jong Un and his entire coterie of military adjuncts would be obliterated.

ROK President Moon Jae-in said in a televised speech Tuesday that US military action on the Korean Peninsula may not be taken without Seoul's consent, and the crisis should "absolutely" be solved peacefully.

Tensions have since eased somewhat since North Korea said Kim doesn't immediately plan to fire the missiles.



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