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Top General Says US Capable Of Protecting Territories, South Korea

15 Agosto 2017, 11:40 | Bibiana Flor

Top General Says US Capable Of Protecting Territories, South Korea

Top General Says US Capable Of Protecting Territories, South Korea

In Washington, top administration officials appeared focused on trying to play down the prospect of nuclear war.

However, Pyongyang maintained its tough rhetoric against the South and the U.S. on Monday, accusing Washington of mobilizing a large number of troops and weapons for annual military drills set to take place with South Korea later this month.

The trade halt, announced Monday, follows a weekend phone call between Chinese President Xi Jinping and his U.S. counterpart Donald Trump on how to deal with North Korea's advances in developing nuclear weapons and missiles, the Wall Street Journal reports.

Even if a means is found to pull back from the brink of war, Trump's incendiary threats have fundamentally altered the calculus of geopolitics, not only in North East Asia but internationally.

"We're all looking to get out of this situation without a war", he claimed.

Citing the frequently uttered phrase that up to three generations of people who fought for national independence may live poor while those who collaborated with the Japanese colonial rule of Korea guaranteed wealth and prosperity for their offspring for three generations, Moon said he will make the notion go away. "They want to have direct talks with the United States", said Moon, who also holds the post of distinguished professor at Yonsei University in Seoul.


"The U.S. military is locked and loaded every day", McMaster said, repeating Trump's threat.

Amid the exchange of belligerent rhetoric between the United States and the DPRK, tensions ran high on the peninsula.

Ambassador Moon said the South Korean president - a member of the country's liberal party who was elected in May - wanted the USA president to tone down his rhetoric, a message he conveyed to Trump when they spoke on the phone last Monday.

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Joseph Dunford arrived at the Osan Air Base, and is scheduled to meet with the leaders of US Forces Korea and South Korea President Moon Jae-in, reports CNN.

Trump was criticized by both Democrats and Republicans for issuing a threat of launching a nuclear strike against North Korea with which the United States has been in conflict since the start of the Korean War in 1950.

Any new military conflict with North Korea would likely escalate quickly to the use of nuclear weapons, bringing catastrophic casualties and an untold economic impact worldwide, former USA defense officials and experts believe. "And he is still somewhat of an unknown to us, and unpredictable", Mullen said. China is the North's biggest economic partner and source of aid, but says it alone can't compel its wayward ally to end its nuclear and missile programs. In the past, Beijing has initially carried out each round of sanctions, only to backslide.


The official website of China's Ministry of Commerce contains information about the ban on imports from North Korea, which took effect from Tuesday, August 15, 2017.

His remarks came amid escalating tensions between Washington and Pyongyang since North Korea test-launched two intercontinental ballistic missiles in July. This is Dunford's first visit to China as the chairman.

But decades of efforts to stop North Korea's nuclear and missile program have failed, and there is no consensus about what could work now. He pointed to the periods when the North sustained a moratorium on missile and nuclear tests and fostered cordial relations with not only the South but also the US, Japan and other neighbors.

The president said as he signed the memo at the White House, "This is just the beginning". And leaders from both administrations have remained in touch throughout the week, with the two national security advisers speaking Friday.

A renewed commitment by Washington to that promise would reassure Tokyo as it looks to bolster its defences against possible North Korean military action. Other nuclear-armed regimes have similarly engaged in "unspeakable brutality" against their own people and posed direct threats to the US, but they have refrained from using nuclear weapons against the USA and its allies because they believed that they would invite their own destruction if they did so.




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