North Korea warns of 'second Korean War' ahead of joint drills

North Korea warns of 'second Korean War' ahead of joint drills

South Korea's President Moon Jae-in must be a severe disappointment to North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

Meanwhile, echoing the worries of US analysts, commentary on official North Korean news agency KCNA said that "war can not be blocked by any power if sparks fly due to a small, random incident that was unintentional".

Regional tensions have mushroomed in the past week as Trump warned North Korea it would face "fire and fury" if it attacked the United States while North Korea threatened to test-fire its missiles toward the US Pacific island of Guam.

In fact, while Moon has waited for answers, Kim Jong-un has ordered two tests of long-range missiles theoretically capable of hitting the United States while boasting of the North's rapid progress toward miniaturizing a warhead to fit on the tip of a missile.

In a phone call Friday, Trump praised Chinese President Xi Jinping for backing the recent United Nations vote to impose tougher sanctions on North Korea, and the leaders reaffirmed their commitment to a nuclear-free Korean Peninsula.

"Issues regarding the Korean Peninsula should be decided by us, with our national interest being the top priority", Moon said.

Kim appeared in photos sitting at a table with a large map marked by a straight line between what appeared to be northeastern North Korea and Guam, and passing over Japan - apparently showing the missiles' flight route.

Still, the top envoys' meeting may deal with the hard worldwide circumstance the country is now handling after its two recent tests of what it called intercontinental ballistic missiles that could reach the mainland United States.

Moon said he thinks 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.

Dunford, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said that the "seeking a peaceful resolution to the crisis".

In a move that could be a warning shot fired at China, Trump is expected to sign an order later on Monday asking for an investigation into whether the country's trade practices unfairly force US companies doing business there to turn over intellectual property. "It is impossible to achieve economic development without global cooperation and co-existence", he said.

China and Russian Federation have both called for the suspend large-scale military exercises in exchange for North Korea suspending its missile and nuclear test as a first step toward direct talks.

"Every time these war games happen there's a problem - that a deterrence signal bleeds into a provocation from North Korea's perspective", said John Delury, a professor at Seoul's Yonsei University.

Washington has 28,500 troops stationed in the country to protect it from the North.

In response, the DPRK warned of the launch of intermediate-range ballistic missiles targeting the waters off the US island of Guam in the Pacific.

"A meeting of the heads of diplomatic missions is held in North Korea".

"The US and South Korea can call the joint exercises defensive and regular as much as they want, but it's not defensive if you're sitting in Pyongyang".

As Dunford visited South Korea, two senior Trump administration officials spoke on Sunday talks shows, during which both denied that war with North Korea was imminent.

Zhao said such a freeze could "have prevented North Korea from fast advancing their missile programs, especially from acquiring an ICBM capability so quickly".



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