Top US general: North Korean nuclear attack is 'unimaginable'

Cornelia Mascio
Agosto 20, 2017

"The U.S. and North Korea seem to be in sync", a Japanese government source said. But Dunford also called a military solution to the North Korean threat "horrific". "In cooperation with other nations we will continue to deploy diplomatic and economic pressure to convince North Korea to end its illegal nuclear and ballistic missile program".

Hagerty succeeds Caroline Kennedy, an attorney and daughter of the late U.S. President John F Kennedy, who held the position from 2013 until Trump took office in January. Just last week, Trump pledged to answer North Korean aggression with "fire and fury". But his chief strategist Steve Bannon said in an interview published Wednesday night that there are no military solutions to the crisis on the Korean Peninsula. "Until somebody solves the part of the equation that shows me that 10 million people in Seoul don't die in the first 30 minutes from conventional weapons, I don't know what you're talking about, there's no military solution here, they got us".

North Korea has said it was considering plans to fire missiles toward the U.S. Pacific territory of Guam, although North Korean media on Tuesday said leader Kim Jong Un had delayed the decision while waiting for the next U.S. move.

Tillerson said the "prepared militarily" to respond if necessary.

Kono told Ri his country should take concrete action to comprehensively resolve the nuclear and missile development issue as well as the issue of Japanese nationals abducted to North Korea, based on the 2002 Japan-North Korea Pyongyang Declaration.

Dunford's comments to reporters followed a almost week-long trip to Asia, which included stops in South Korea and China. A direct line of communication at the three-star level would also be established.

"In light of the serious situation we face, we are accelerating implementation of the 2015 guideline for the U.S. -Japan defense cooperation, and continuing to realign U.S. forces in Japan and Guam", U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis told a news conference.

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