US, China, Koreas Revisit Diplomacy After Soaring Tensions

N/Korea crisis: South's leader in plea to avoid war

N/Korea crisis: South's leader in plea to avoid war

The new U.S. Ambassador to Japan, William Hagerty, said he had arrived at a hard time and the United States wanted to work with Japan to "calm the rhetoric" over North Korea.

In recent months, China has joined with Russian Federation in calling for the suspend annual military drills with South Korea in exchange for Pyongyang placing a moratorium on new missile and nuclear tests as a first step toward direct talks.

North Korea's state news agency KCNA reported earlier in the day that leader Kim Jong Un had examined plans for a launch.

"I don't think we must rush into it", he said.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in says he'll consider sending a special envoy to North Korea for talks if North stops provocations.

The clock loaded on North Korea's nuclear missile is ticking even at this very moment.

"The US and President Trump also said, no matter what option they take about North Korea, all decisions will be made after consulting with and getting an agreement with the Republic of Korea", he insisted while addressing journalists. It will include consensus on the U.S. Forces stationing in Korea, installation of a military buffer zone and control of nuclear weapons in the North Korea territory after a unified government chosen by the directly involved parties on the peninsula.

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South Korean President Moon Jae In, who had initially been resistant to increased USA missile defence deployments, requested talks on improving his country's defensive posture in light of recent threats from North Korea.

Trump's rhetoric has raised alarm among observers but Moon, who visited Washington at the end of June, declined to criticise his choice of words. Moon said North Korea must stop issuing menacing statements and provoking. He is seeing through the strategic rivalry between the United States and China and exploits it to adjust the speed of nuclear and missile tests. One positive sign of that, he said, was the latest round of sanctions on North Korea, orchestrated by the United States and passed at the United Nations Security Council.

The Chinese military is willing to work with its United States counterpart to strengthen mutual understanding and trust, deepen cooperation and manage risks and differences in an appropriate and effective manner, Fang said.

Their talk followed a North Korean media dispatch saying that leader Kim Jong Un had reviewed a plan to launch missiles into waters off Guam as a demonstration of its strength.

Dunford, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said that the "seeking a peaceful resolution to the crisis".

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.

The top USA military officer said Monday that the United States wants to peacefully resolve a deepening standoff with North Korea but is also ready to use the "full range" of its military capabilities in case of provocation.

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