UN chief: It's time for diplomacy on tense Korean peninsula

Remigio Civitarese
Agosto 21, 2017

South Korea's President Moon Jae-in on Monday declared there must be no war on the Korean peninsula and called on the North to halt its threatening behaviour as tensions between Pyongyang and Washington heighten with both hinting at military action.

Both men told reporters at the headquarters for Combined Forces Command that USA and South Korean officials will continue to examine the threats from North Korea and make adjustments to the force as they are needed and agreed upon.

The United States and the president Trump are in agreement that "whatever option is chosen" in the face of Pyongyang, "a decision would be taken only after consultation with the Republic of Korea and obtained his agreement", he said.

Guterres also conceded the role of North Korea in precipitating the crisis, saying that it started with Pyongyang building up its nuclear and missile programmes. He was due to leave South Korea later on Monday and will make stops in China and Japan this week.

The tensions do not cease to worsen since the North tested in July, two intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM) putting to his scope a good portion of the american territory. He pledged to assist the North in the process and promised South Korea's allies will do the same.

'They are just, legal and annual drills that are focused on defence and to curb North Korea's provocations, ' he told a regular briefing in Seoul.

Sanctions and dialogue are "not about what's first and later", he said, stressing the objective of intensive sanctions and pressure is to bring out Pyongyang to dialogue, not to heighten military tension.

The move followed the announcement of United Nations sanctions against North Korea this month which have to be enforced within 30 days by member-states.

There's media speculation that the allies might try to keep this year's drills low-key by not dispatching long-range bombers and other USA strategic assets to the region.

North Korea claims it has successfully miniaturized a nuclear weapon.

South Korea's Kyunghyang Shinmun newspaper said in an August 11 editorial that the allies could gain a bargaining chip in efforts to persuade the North into meaningful nuclear talks by halting or scaling down the joint drills.

Currently, it appears that some individual politicians in America aren't concerned by the fact that Korean nationals will pay a heavy price if war breaks out between America and North Korea.

"It would be a awful thing were a war to be conducted here on the peninsula, and that's why we're so focused on coming up with a peaceful way ahead", he said, according to Stars and Stripes. Last week Kim Jong-un, the North Korean dictator, said that his country was preparing to fire missiles towards Guam, the U.S. territory... The United States is fully committed to the current policy of applying diplomatic and economic pressure to address North Korea's malign intentions. "We need to resume inter-Korean talks, but there is no need to rush", he stated.

But the US and South Korea are set to begin their annual 10-day Ulchi Freedom Guardian joint exercises on Monday, involving tens of thousands of troops. That threat followed President Trump's warning that the regime will be met with fire and fury should it continue its threats.

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