Top US general to meet South Korean leader amid tensions

Top US general to meet South Korean leader amid tensions

Top US general to meet South Korean leader amid tensions

On Monday, Gen. Dunford told reporters that any military options being drafted to address the North Korean threat are geared toward supporting ongoing diplomatic efforts to quell the situation on the peninsula.

Dunford was in Seoul, which lies just 30 miles south of the border with North Korea, on the first stop of a trip that will also take him to Beijing and Tokyo, three capitals that do not want war to break out on their doorsteps.

The sanctions were introduced in response to a wave of missile tests and increased military rhetoric from North Korea.

Trump's recent threats followed a report that US intelligence indicates North Korea can now put a nuclear warhead on its long-range missiles.

On Friday, Trump reiterated his warning to North Korean leader Kim Jong-un to refrain from threats against the USA territory, saying, "If he utters one threat in the form of an overt threat" against the US territory of Guam or its allies, "he will truly regret it and he will regret it fast".

Joseph Dunford is traveling in Asia and is expected to meet with leaders in China, South Korea and Japan.

South Korea's President Moon Jae-in on Monday declared there must be no war on the Korean peninsula and called on the North Korea to halt its threatening behaviour as tensions between Pyongyang and Washington heighten with both hinting at military action.

The launches demonstrated a major advance in the North's efforts to develop a nuclear-tipped missile that could reach the USA mainland. "China is ready to work with the United States to appropriately resolve the issue", said Xi, according to the news outlet. The remarks were provided by the presidential Blue House.

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While saying the president should "back off" his rhetoric a bit, Kennedy advocated a clear message to the North Korean dictator. "Look North Korea, leave Guam out of this!" he exclaimed.

The United States maintains a large military presence in the Western Pacific that has gained renewed focus following North Korean belligerence and an increasingly assertive China.

"So unless those North Korean missiles were to fall short, the Patriots shouldn't have a function to serve in this particular case", he said.

They said the United States and its allies no longer can afford to stand by as North Korea pushes ahead with the development of a nuclear-tipped intercontinental ballistic missile.

President Moon said the security situation on the Korean Peninsula is facing more grave, realistic and urgent threats than ever due to the advancement of the North's nuclear and missile capabilities, and condemned the North for undermining the security of the region and beyond with its recent string of ICBM tests.

Gen Dunford said as he arrived in Seoul: "As a military leader, I have to make sure that the president does have viable military options in the event that the diplomatic and economic pressurisation campaign fails". It would then be up to leader Kim Jong-un as to when to fire the missiles-during the exercises, conceivably.

"We're not closer to war than a week ago but we are closer to war than we were a decade ago", McMaster said Sunday on ABC's "This Week".

North Korea also serves as a buffer for it against some 28,500 USA servicemembers stationed in the South.

It also came just a week before the USA and South Korean militaries are due to start their annual fall exercises, where they practice responding to an invasion by or the collapse of North Korea. Japan is also holding annual military drills with the United States over the next few weeks.

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