South Korea's Moon pledges there will be 'no war on Korean peninsula'

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South Korea's Moon pledges there will be 'no war on Korean peninsula'
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22 August, 2017

The North in turn threatened to test-fire its missiles towards the US Pacific island of Guam.

South Korean President Moon Jae-In called on Monday for calm in the standoff with North Korea, saying there should never be another war on the peninsula.

SEOUL • Pyongyang gave a glimpse into its plans to fire missiles near Guam in photos released by its state media yesterday, as leader Kim Jong Un was briefed on the plans drawn up by the army amid heightened tensions with the United States. A decision was due this week, a week during which the Kim regime is celebrating the ruling family with huge propaganda displays in North Korea.

If "the Yankees persist in their extremely risky reckless actions on the Korean peninsula and in its vicinity", Kim continued, North Korea would "make an important decision as it already declared", he said.

The Trump administration had no immediate comments on Kim's declaration. This would be a deeply provocative act from the US perspective, and there has been widespread debate about whether Washington would try to shoot the missiles down if they're fired. A miscalculation on either side could lead to military confrontation. Dr Go Myong Hyun of the Asan Institute for Policy Studies in Seoul said a potential trigger for Pyongyang was the large-scale joint military drills by Seoul and Washington that will start next Monday.

Although remote, the danger of a U.S.

-South Korean military drills set to begin August 21, which the North claims are rehearsals for invasion.

The meeting follows passage of a resolution in the United Nations Security Council that imposed severe sanctions on North Korea for its continued efforts to develop intercontinental ballistic missiles and nuclear weapons. "We can not lose everything through a war again", Moon said in a televised press conference marking his first 100 days in office.

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.

Moon said the North could spur talks by stopping nuclear and missile tests.

"Australia followed the United States to the Korean war, the Vietnamese war and the "war on terrorism", but heavy loss of lives and assets were all that it got in return", it said.

General Joe Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, held talks with his Japanese counterpart at the defence ministry in Tokyo, wrapping up a regional tour during heightened tensions with North Korea.

North Korea's threats against Guam and its advancing missile capabilities, highlighted by a pair of intercontinental ballistic missile flight tests in July, have raised security jitters among many South Koreans who worry that a fully functional ICBM in Pyongyang would force the United States to rethink whether to trade NY or Washington for Seoul in the event of a war on the peninsula.

In its latest provocation, Pyongyang said it may consider staging a missile launch exercise around the US -controlled island of Guam, a threat that Washington says will be met by "fire and fury" that the world has never seen before.

North Korea's military said last week it would finalize the plan to fire four ballistic missiles near Guam, which is about 3,200 kilometers (2,000 miles) from Pyongyang.

North Korea leader Kim Jong Un said he will wait for more, to watch the "the foolish and stupid conduct of the Yankees".

North Korea last month, for the first time, launched two intercontinental ballistic missiles with the theoretical capability to reach deep into the United States mainland, at least as far as Denver and possibly to NY.

Pyongyang has since said Kim has delayed his decision on Guam.

Finally, launch-detection systems don't work fast enough to allow neighboring countries or U.S. Stratcom to warn Japanese air traffic control in time to provide an alert to en route traffic.

Bannon, Trump's chief strategic, was quoted Wednesday as saying that "there's no military solution" to the North Korean problem.

Financial markets regard tensions between Pyongyang and Washington as more serious than in the past, South Korea's finance minister said.

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


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