No New War on Korea Rally Pt. II

Patrice Gainsbourg
Agosto 19, 2017

SEOUL | The south Korean president Moon Jae-In has assured Thursday that there would be no war on the peninsula since Seoul has a veto, de facto, on any military action that could decide Washington in response to the nuclear ambitions of Pyongyang.

Before meeting with Joseph Dunford, the chairman of the U.S. joint chiefs of staff, President Moon said that he expected the United States to "react calmly and responsibly" to North Korea's threats. He expressed confidence in the news conference that war will not break out again on the Korean Peninsula.

North Korea's threats against Guam and its advancing missile capabilities, highlighted by a pair of intercontinental ballistic missile flight tests in July, have raised security jitters among many South Koreans who worry that a fully functional ICBM in Pyongyang would force the United States to rethink whether to trade NY or Washington for Seoul in the event of a war on the peninsula.

The north Korean leader Kim Jong-un has explained on Tuesday that he would "observe a bit, the behavior is silly and stupid of the Yankees" before making a decision on Guam.

The top USA military officer is warning during a trip to Seoul that the United States is ready to use the "full range" of its military capabilities to defend itself and its allies from North Korea.

"I think we're not closer to war than a week ago, but we are closer to war than we were a decade ago", McMaster told ABC News' "This Week".

Earlier this month, the United Nations adopted tough new sanctions against the North after it launched its second intercontinental ballistic missile test (ICBM) in July.

"I believe North Korea completing its development of ICBMs and mounting nuclear warheads on ballistic missiles will mark its crossing the red line".

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Mattis stressed that the US will first take steps to put diplomatic and economic pressure on the North to realize the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, and reaffirmed that Washington will closely consult Seoul on all the steps.

Moon increasing THAAD deployments sends a strong signal to North Korea.

He also indirectly urged the US - the South's key ally and security guarantor - to resolve the crisis peacefully.

Mr Trump's chief strategist Steve Bannon said in an interview with The American Prospect: "There's no military solution (to North Korea's nuclear threats), forget it". On the other hand, it has indicated that it would be willing to engage in joint military talks and diplomatic dialogue with North Korea, and it even invited Kim's government to participate in a joint Independence Day celebration. "I want to warn North Korea to do no more unsafe gambling", added Moon. "This is a firm agreement between South Korea and the United States".

And yet North Korea has already dismissed Trump's threats as a "load of nonsense".

In the event, South Korea would emerge as a legitimate broker in the conflict between the USA and North Korea, rather than as a United States lackey, as the Kim regime likes to view it.

If North Korea lashes out, the strategy of deterrence that underpins the US-South Korea alliance will have been fatally undermined.

The statement added that Moon is tightening his relations with Washington and urged him to seek peace in the region by taking a stance against the US.

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