Published: Sat, August 19, 2017
Health Care | By Gwendolyn Kim

There will not be war again on Korean Peninsula - South Korean president

There will not be war again on Korean Peninsula - South Korean president

That has heightened fears that this year's UFG exercise may spark a new crisis after North Korean leader Kim Jong Un left open a threat to fire missiles into waters near Guam, saying he would hold off for now while monitoring US behavior.

Moon also insisted that "any military action to be taken on the Korean Peninsula requires South Korea's consent unless it is taken outside the peninsula". "But we don't need to be impatient", Moon said. The initiative has been supported by Russian Federation but rejected by the United States.

"Both Secretary Mattis and Minister Song reiterated the importance of the U.S. -ROK (Republic of Korea) Alliance and expressed their commitment to build a stronger partnership based on mutual trust and cooperation", White said.

In a press conference marking his first 100 days in office, Moon said he wanted "all South Koreans to believe with confidence that there will be no war", and also downplayed his U.S. counterpart Donald Trump's belligerent comments over Pyongyang, reports Efe news. Trump then said America's military was "locked and loaded" if provoked. Trump said Wednesday that North Korea made a "very wise" decision after Kim Jong Un said he would wait to carry out a threatened missile strike near Guam. "The alternative would have been both catastrophic and unacceptable!"

The official daily Rodong Sinmun criticised the South Korean leader, who in a Tuesday speech asserted that Seoul's "big challenge at present" was the "issue of North's nukes and missile". When asked about potential unilateral United States action, he said, "that's purely speculative and a decision to do that would be by the president".

Pyongyang said Monday it had finalized a plan to fire four missiles less than 25 miles off Guam but state media said leader Kim Jong Un would wait to assess the US' next move before giving launch orders.

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"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 said he would be ready for dialogue once the isolated nation stops its provocations, adding that there was no rush.

"The parties, especially North Korea and the United States, have to step up their efforts to resolve it", Hua said at a briefing. He urged the North to halt its efforts to develop a nuclear-tipped weapon that could reach the USA mainland.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in proposed a trilateral discussion with the U.S. during a summit with Chinese President Xi Jinping last month in a bid to ease Beijing's resistance to the deployment of a United States missile shield here, Seoul officials said Wednesday.

But Berlin played down the idea that Germany could be a significant mediator between Pyongyang and Washington, after hosting talks between the two a decade ago.

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