Published: Sat, August 19, 2017
Medicine | By Rogelio Lindsey

US General Says Trump Has Final Say on Unilateral Korea Strike

US General Says Trump Has Final Say on Unilateral Korea Strike

In an effort to jumpstart diplomacy, South Korean President Moon Jae-in said yesterday he would consider sending a special envoy to North Korea for talks if the North stops its missile and nuclear tests. "I do not necessarily believe that showed his determination to take military options", Moon said.

He has been in Asia this week, visiting South Korea, Japan and China.

The annual Ulchi Freedom Guardian exercises, which will start on August 21, would "further drive the situation on the Korean Peninsula into a catastrophe", according to a brief statement released by the North Korean state agency KCNA. The event marked his first 100 days in office.

Moon's policy on Pyongyang came in for criticism from his rivals, particularly Hong of the Liberty Korea Party and Ahn of the People's Party, who both touted tougher lines on North Korea.

"The U.S. sought to put maximum pressure and sanctions through the latest U.N. Security Council resolution", the South Korean leader said.

But Mr Moon said he believes dialogue with North Korea can happen when North Korea halts missile and nuclear tests.

"The government, putting everything on the line, will block war by all means", Moon said. But he said he considered economic pressure was the main way to persuade North Korea to take part in nuclear talks. The danger presented by the ability to attack the U.S. mainland directly was made clear by the North's recent threat to attack Guam.

Trump called the postponement a "wise and well-reasoned decision" in a tweet on the social network Twitter.

Relations between the two sides remain tense over Pyongyang's nuclear and missile program and Seoul's joint military exercises with the United States. The goal of the measures is to ban about $1 billion worth of North Korean exports including coal, iron ore and seafood. This sends a strong message to North Korea, which is now working to build a nuclear-tipped intercontinental ballistic missile capable of hitting the USA mainland.

Moon's news conference Wednesday came less than one week before the beginning of yearly military exercises between South Korean and US troops.

The mainly computer-simulated drills and other joint exercises always infuriate Pyongyang, which considers them rehearsals for an invasion despite USA insistence that they're defensive in nature. "The US and President Trump promised no matter what options they use, they will sufficiently consult with South Korea and get consent".

China is North Korea's main ally and biggest trade partner. North Korea has yet to issue a response to the proposal. It also has said stopping regular South Korea-U.S. military exercises would ease tensions in the area.

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