There will not be war again on Korean Peninsula - South Korean president

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The North has accused the United States of mobilising a huge number of weapons and troops for annual military drills with South Korea that begin later this month. He also warned North Korea "to end its risky gamble" with missile tests.

While the USA has not backed away from either, both China and South Korea now say armed conflict on the Korean Peninsula is uncalled for. "I will prevent another war at all cost", Moon said at the presidential Blue House, which lies just 30 miles south of the Demilitarized Zone that separates the two Koreas.

"The United States and President Trump have already promised to sufficiently consult with South Korea and get our approval for whatever option they will take against North Korea".

'By trying to incriminate Beijing as an accomplice in (North Korea's) nuclear adventure and blame it for a failure that is essentially a failure of all stakeholders, Trump risks making the serious mistake of splitting up the worldwide coalition that is the means to resolve the issue peacefully, ' it said.

He has also suggested talks along with the South Korean Red Cross about reuniting families that were separated during the Korean War between 1950 and 1953.

"I am confident that the U.S. will respond to the current situation in a calm and responsible manner in line with our policy direction", Moon said.

The US "should stop arrogant provocations at once", he added. An editorial early in the month saw in Uriminzokkiri said North Korea will only engage in talks with the South when Seoul ends its "confrontation lunacy".

Dunford agreed that the recent series of missile provocation by North Korea led to grave security situations on the peninsula, saying no change was made in the United States commitment to the defence of South Korea.

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The article took a softer tone on North Korea than the president, who warned Pyongyang last week of "fire and fury" if it launched an attack.

Incredibly, Moon would still like nothing better than to renew the policy of reconciliation with North Korea as pursued during the presidencies of Kim Dae-jung and Roh Moo-hyun from 1998 to 2008.

The editorial also claimed North Korea is "confident" about the capabilities of its weapons, while referring to its recent statement about the regime's capability to target the USA territory of Guam.

Kim was also quoted as saying by the KCNA in an English dispatch that he would "watch a little more the foolish and stupid conduct of the Yankees spending a hard time of every minute of their miserable lot", before deciding whether to carry out his treat against Guam.

He also indirectly urged the US - the South's key ally and security guarantor - to resolve the crisis peacefully. The giant Asian economies fears over regime change which would send thousands flooding across the border and likely put United States troops there as well can not be realised with the current dictatorship in charge, Pyongyang uses this leverage to get what it wants but its favour is not unlimited as we have seen recently. "Therefore, we think that now the American development has moved from strategic patience of Obama administration into strategic confusion", he said. Moon said he thinks Trump's belligerent words are meant to show a strong resolve for pressuring the North and don't necessarily display the willingness for military strikes. If North Korea hadn't developed its nuclear program, we would not be in this current situation.

"I want all South Koreans to believe with confidence there will be no war", the president said.

Mixed signals from the USA on the crisis may be down to a lack of cooperation inside the government, Lawrence Davidson, a foreign policy analyst, told RT.

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