North Korean Ambassador says Self-Defense is Non-Negotiable

N. Korea lambastes Moon over phone talks with Trump

The North's leader Kim Jong-Un said Tuesday he would "watch a little more" before making a decision on the Guam missile launch, a declaration Trump lauded as "very wise".

But the military exercises joint annual between Seoul and Washington, called Ulchi Freedom Guardian, are to begin Monday.

Dunford told reporters that he has advised the US leadership not to dial back on the exercises with South Korea.

The United States withdrew its nuclear weapons from South Korea in 1991, when the two Koreas signed an agreement to make the peninsula nuclear-free.

Earlier, Dunford met with his Chinese counterpart Fang Fenghui, chief of the People's Liberation Army's joint staff department, another top general, Fan Changlong and top foreign policy adviser, Yang Jiechi.

"My advice to our leadership is that we not dial back our exercises. It should refrain from irritating North Korea, pursuant to the U.S. foolhardy military manoeuvres", said Rodong Sinmun.

Fan Changlong, a vice chairman of China's powerful Central Military Commission, told Dunford that China believed the only effective way to resolve the issue was through talks. "This is an unpardonable plot toeing the United States line to suffocate the DPRK", it said, using the abbreviation of the North's official name.

Although North Korea is actually wrong in its assessment of the threat the United States poses, its desire to enhance its security by being able to retaliate after such an imagined attack is understandable.

The Rodong Sinmun said Seoul's attempt to strengthen the alliance is a "commitment to act as a shock brigade in the war of aggression against the north which the US master plans to stage".

The South Korean leader has warned that Pyongyang completing an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) and weaponizing it with miniaturized nuclear weapon is "nearing" a red line.

USA and South Korean officials have for months been expecting a sixth nuclear test.

On August 8, President Trump threatened strong military action, but he seemed to forget the nearly certain North Korean retaliation against South Korea, our ally, if we took such actions.

Incredibly, Moon would still like nothing better than to renew the policy of reconciliation with North Korea as pursued during the presidencies of Kim Dae-jung and Roh Moo-hyun from 1998 to 2008. POTENTIAL OBSTACLES AND COMPLICATIONS Officials and experts say while the United States could hit targets, there are serious questions as to whether they have accurate enough intelligence to strike all of North Korea's potential weapon sites before Pyongyang responds, especially given its development of mobile missile launch systems.

"Basically, the Republic of Korea is the one directly and mostly affected by North Korea's nuclear and missile issues", Moon said.

"I am saying any military action to be taken on the Korean Peninsula requires South Korea's consent unless it is taken outside the peninsula".

Moon's remarks followed a heated war of words between Washington and Pyongyang.

"There's no military solution, forget it", Bannon told The American Prospect. Pyongyang has threatened to fire missiles towards the Pacific island of Guam and Mr Trump has warned it would face "fire and fury" if it threatened the United States.

The intense rhetoric on both sides has raised fears of a miscalculation leading to catastrophic consequences - Pyongyang has vast artillery forces deployed within range of Seoul, where millions of people live.

China is North Korea's main economic partner and political backer, although relations between the two countries have deteriorated amid the North's continuing defiance of Beijing's calls for restraint.



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