Korea issue with US

According to the Blue House, General Dunford emphasized that the mission of US forces is to support Washington's efforts to diplomatically and economically pressure Pyongyang to denuclearize and that the "military option" is just in case those efforts fail.

Joseph Dunford in a series of meetings with senior South Korean military and political officials and the local media 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 need be.

"If the USA goes reckless by wielding a nuclear stick before its rival armed with nukes despite the repeated warnings of the DPRK, it would precipitate its self-destruction", the agency said, using the abbreviation for North Korea's official name. -South Korean alliance can defend South Korea, Pacific allies and the American homeland from nuclear and missile threats emanating from North Korea, two top American military officials said here today.

Mr Moon, who has been criticised domestically for remaining largely silent during the war of words between USA president Donald Trump and North Korea, denounced Pyongyang for "disturbing the peace" on the Korean peninsula and urged North Korea's president Kim Jong-un to engage in talks.

"Gen. Dunford just arrived in Osan Air Base to meet with US Forces Korea leadership and explore the Camp Humphreys area with his team on board 2 UH-60 Black Hawks", a short statement on the Joint Staff Facebook page states.

The top USA military officer met with the South Korean president Monday about North Korea's nuclear threats.

"What matters is that if a second conflict (on the peninsula) erupts, that can not help but lead to a nuclear war", the North's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said in a commentary.

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The U.S. and South Korea each want a peaceful solution, he said. "What we would do in the event of an attack on Guam - or missiles being launched towards Guam - is a decision that will ... be made by the president of the United States and he will make that in the context of our alliance", the chairman said.

Meanwhile, Chinese President Xi Jinping called Trump on Saturday to urge restraint regarding the North Korean crisis, advising both Washington and Pyongyang to avoid words or actions that could worsen the situation.

North Korea test-fired an intercontinental ballistic missile twice in July, lofting the Hwasong-14 as high as over 3,700 km and flying it as far as about 1,000 km in the latest test-launch.

The chairman said the men shared some thoughts about the common challenges facing their nations, but focused mostly on North Korea.

Since the Global Times has served as an unofficial channel conveying China's policy, its editorial can be seen a message to Pyongyang that China will not object to US surgical strikes against the North's missile sites in response to Pyongyang's launch of missiles targeting USA territory. "We listen very carefully to Kim Jong Un's rhetoric and we can't afford to be complacent".

On Sunday, US National Security Adviser HR McMaster said he did not think the sides were closer to war than a week ago, while CIA Director Mike Pompeo said he saw no intelligence to suggest the sides were on the cusp of a nuclear war. There are 28,500 US service members on the peninsula and that number fluctuates from time to time due to exercises and new capabilities. What doesn't: a fiery war of words between North Korea and the United States president just ahead of the drills.