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Moon Jae-in: There will not be war on Korean Peninsula

20 Août 2017

Trump warned North Korea last week it would face "fire and fury" if it threatened the United States, prompting North Korea to say it was considering plans to fire missiles towards Guam.

The Ulchi Freedom Guardian drills are an annual joint military exercise between the USA and South Korea to prepare for war with North Korea.

Earlier this week, U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis condemned Kim Jong Un's threats and warned that if North Korea fired on U.S. territory, it would definitely be "game on".

"I don't want to see the destruction of North Korea, but I want to see my president tell the world that if they attack Guam, then the effect is the annihilation of their regime", he said. This has been different from the US president's efforts to put "maximum pressure" on North Korea for its missile tests and nuclear program. State media reported that leader Kim Jong Un was watching USA moves before deciding to order the test.

The US had been conducting regular "command and control" drills in the years following the 1950-53 Korean War, but merged exercises with the South Korean military following the failed raid, in which all but two of the North Korean commandos were killed.

The South Korean president has vowed to avoid "losing everything" in another conflict with the North, adding that Seoul can veto U.S. military action in the region.

"If North Korea completes development of intercontinental ballistic missiles and weaponizes it with nuclear warheads, I will consider that a red line", Moon said. "He does something in Guam, it will be an event the likes of which nobody's seen before what will happen in North Korea".

North Korea's Central News Agency released a statement citing that if the joint exercises were to proceed then it would spell "catastrophe" for the region.

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Moon said, "The United States and President Trump have declared and promised that whatever military action they would like to take, they will fully discuss it with us and get our consent".

According to KCNA, such actions were a response to the maneuvers of us military aircraft in South Korean airspace.

"South Korea and the USA are in full communication and discussions", he added. Much of the discussion focused on North Korea, which also poses a threat to Japan.

It declared North Korea's army could target the USA mainland, Hawaii or the Pacific territory of Guam at any time, claiming America would be unable to "dodge the merciless strike".

North Korea's missile launches "must stop immediately", Tillerson said.

A recent war of words between the U.S. and North Korea escalated tensions. Seoul is the capital of South Korea.

"If they shoot at the United States, I'm assuming they've hit the United States..."

Pentagon sources confirm North Korea is anywhere from six to 18 months away from developing a hydrogen bomb.