President Moon issues 'red line' to North Korea over nuclear program

President Moon issues 'red line' to North Korea over nuclear program

He also declared, amid fears in South Korea that threats from Trump to unleash "fire and fury" on Pyongyang could lead to real fighting, that there would be no second war on the Korean Peninsula.

Dunford was responding to questions about comments by Trump's chief strategist Steve Bannon, who was quoted in an interview with The American Prospect as saying "there's no military solution" to the North Korean problem.

China is North Korea's main economic partner and political backer, although relations between the two countries have deteriorated amid the North's continuing defiance of Beijing's calls for restraint. "But we don't need to be impatient", Moon said.

The liberal leader has been largely sidelined in recent weeks as Trump and the North engaged in a war of words.

"The most important task at hand is for the US and North Korea to "hit the brakes" on their mutual needling of each other with words and actions, to lower the temperature of the tense situation and prevent the emergence of an 'August crisis, '" Wang was quoted as saying in the Tuesday conversation.

Mr Trump tweeted on Wednesday that Kim Jong Un had: "made a very wise and well-reasoned decision", amid indications that he does not immediately plan to fire multiple missiles toward Guam.

Technical ability to place a nuclear warhead on an ICBM "will not be tolerated" On August 17, President Moon Jae drew a "red line" with regard to North Korea's nuclear and missile program, issuing a stern warning to the government in Pyongyang.

For the past decade under conservative South Korean governments, talks between Seoul and Pyongyang had nearly been suspended over Pyongyang's nuclear tests and ballistic missile developments.

Trump's administration has consistently said military action is on the table and the president has even suggested he's willing to take unilateral action against Pyongyang if it continues to threaten the United States. This has been different from the US president's efforts to put "maximum pressure" on North Korea for its missile tests and nuclear program. He urged the North to halt its efforts to develop a nuclear-tipped weapon that could reach the USA mainland.

However, they do not appear to have been made with the intention to take military action, Mr Moon said at a news conference to mark his first 100 days in office.

And U.S. Vice President Mike Pence again stated that "all options" toward North Korea remain for consideration during his visit to South America.

The two will be meeting in Washington later this month.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in has said US and South Korean policies are aligned on North Korea and promised there "will be no war on the Korean peninsula ever again".

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