South Korean president: Seoul must be involved in any military decisions

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Agosto 21, 2017

North Korea on Tuesday backed off on its threat to fire four intermediate-range ballistic missiles toward the U.S. territory of Guam.

The allies could look to make a conciliatory gesture towards Pyongyang by not involving United States strategic assets such as stealth bombers or aircraft carriers, said Koo Kab-Woo, a professor at the Seoul-based University of North Korean Studies.

"The most important task at hand is for the USA and North Korea to "hit the brakes" on their mutual needling of each other with words and actions, to lower the temperature of the tense situation and prevent the emergence of an 'August crisis, '" Wang was quoted as saying in the Tuesday conversation. "The [South Korean] government and the U.S. government don't have a different position on this".

"Also, even if the United States takes military action outside the peninsula, I am confident it will sufficiently consult with South Korea in advance if such action may increase tension between the South and the North", continued Moon.

In light of surging tensions between North Korea, its neighbors, and the US, South Korea has chose to deploy more powerful US missile defense batteries.

The comments by Marine Corps Gen. Joseph Dunford in meetings Monday with senior South Korean military and political officials appeared to be an attempt to ease anxiety over tit-for-tat threats between President Donald Trump and North Korea while also showing a willingness to back up Trump's warnings if necessary. No details of the talks have been released.

Yonhap News Agency quoted a South Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff official telling a press briefing, that "This year's military drills will be similar in size to those conducted last year".

South Korea and the USA will conduct joint military drills at a similar level to last year's exercises, Seoul's military said Friday, contradicting rumblings that they may limit maneuvers so as to not rile North Korea.

North Korea is angry about new United Nations sanctions over its expanding nuclear weapons and missile program and the upcoming military drills between Washington and Seoul. He has mulled options, reportedly including everything from withdrawal to sending thousands of additional US troops, for months.

The South Korean president also voiced support for strong military deterrence, but he did not specifically mention the U.S., South Korea joint military exercises scheduled for next week, that North Korea has in the past condemned as "rehearsals for invasion".

And U.S. Vice President Mike Pence again stated that "all options" toward North Korea remain for consideration during his visit to South America. China has urged North Korea not to carry out missile or nuclear tests that are banned by the Council.

"Dialogue between South and North Korea should be resumed, but we don't need to hurry up on that", he said.

"Military action on the Korean peninsula can only be decided by the Republic of Korea", Moon told reporters in Seoul, referring to his country's formal name. North Korea's recent intercontinental ballistic missile and other missile launches are unacceptable provocations, and they must stop immediately.

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South Korea's President says there will be no second war on the Korean Peninsula amid fears that heightened animosity could lead to real fighting.

"We can not have a war on the Korean peninsula ever again", he said.

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