South Korea's Moon: There will be no war on Korean peninsula

Bruno Cirelli
Agosto 17, 2017

South Korean President Moon Jae-in has said US and South Korean policies are aligned on North Korea and promised there "will be no war on the Korean peninsula ever again".

Moon, who took office in May, held a news conference Thursday to mark the first 100 days of his presidency. "I can confidently say there will not be a war again on the Korean Peninsula".

Tillerson and Mattis wrote in The Wall Street Journal that Washington has "no interest" in regime change in Pyongyang nor in accelerated reunification of the Korean Peninsula, and that "diplomacy is our preferred means" of changing the Democratic People's Republic of Korea'S (DPRK) course of action. US President Donald Trump warned Pyongyang that if it continued to threaten Washington, it would be met with "fire and fury".

While Moon's latest speech is in line with that of Seoul's stance, it is seen as a more refined and official proclamation of the government's position in handling the crisis, especially considering how Liberation Day speeches are considered one of the more important messages delivered by a South Korean president throughout the years.

"If it is necessary, I will fly immediately to Washington and also visit Beijing and Tokyo", he said.

In response, Pyongyang warned of the launch of intermediate-range ballistic missiles targeting the waters off the USA island of Guam in the Pacific.

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!" Moon wants to engage the North.

China, North Korea's main ally and trading partner, has repeatedly urged Pyongyang to halt its weapons programme and at the same time urged South Korea and the USA to stop military drills in order to lower tensions.

The United States has been the South's security guarantor since the end of the Korean War in 1953, which left the peninsula divided and technically still in a state of conflict with no peace treaty signed.

"A dialogue between South and North Korea must resume".

In response, Chunying told a daily news briefing that the MOC had released a statement on the recent USA trade protectionism move, expressing three important messages.

"At the same time, we will keep our doors open for military dialogue to make sure tensions between the South and the North do not worsen", the president said, in an apparent effort to ease military tension between the two Koreas.

The ICBM test-flights showed it's only a matter of time for the country to achieve its long-stated goal of possessing a long-range nuclear-armed missile capable of anywhere in the United States.

Moon has repeatedly urged North Korea not to "cross the red line" but had not previously elaborated what that would constitute. "North Korea is nearing a threshold for the red line", Moon said.

"He said that the US imperialists caught the noose around their necks due to their reckless military confrontation racket, adding that they would watch a little more the foolish and stupid conduct of the Yankees", the report said.

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