There will be no war on the Korean peninsula, South Korean President Moon Jae-In said yesterday, saying Seoul effectively had a veto over U.S. military action in response to the North's nuclear and missile programmes.
"I will work to ensure peace and economic prosperity on the Korean Peninsula with the type of security that will make peace rather than just preserving peace", the president said at a ceremony marking the 8th anniversary of his death.
Mattis reaffirmed the ironclad USA commitment to defend South Korea and emphasized the military's role in providing extended deterrence, she added, and expressed his commitment to the ongoing diplomatic effort to achieve the peaceful denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.
Meanwhile, Kim Jong Un has thrown the gauntlet to Donald Trump, saying that North Korea will wait a little before opting to fire missiles towards the U.S. Pacific territory of Guam to see what see what the "foolish Yankees" do next.
"The most pressing issue now is to stop North Korea's nuclear and missile development, and end the vicious cycle of increasing tensions on the Korean peninsula".
South Korea's Moon says North Korean nuclear-tipped ICBM is a 'red line'
Moon's comments follow a week of heightened tensions between Pyongyang and Washington, D.C. After raising the possibility of striking a United States territory last week, North Korea has reportedly backed off from its threat to launch missiles at Guam.
China again called for the "dual suspension" of North Korea's nuclear weapons program and U.S. North Korea is nearing the critical point. Analysts said that a wide swath of the continental United States, including Los Angeles and Chicago, could be within reach of those missiles, once they're perfected.
Beijing's foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying made the statement before reporters at a regular press briefing, following reports Washington and Seoul are planning to begin drills on the Korean peninsula on August 21, South Korean news agency Yonhap reported. "And that is why we must prevent North Korea's additional provocations", he said.
Moon said the agreement signed in late 2015 on Japan's sexual slavery of Korean women during its 1910-45 colonial rule of Korea "does not override the victims' individual rights to claim indemnity". "That is why we must deal with historical issues as historical issues and the countries' future-oriented cooperation separately", he said. The event marked his first 100 days in office.
"The plans for tax increases unveiled by the government as of now have been chose to provide the exact amount of additional funds needed by the government", he said.
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