War would be horrific, U.S. general tells Trump on North Korea response

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"The people worked together to rebuild the country from the Korean War, and we can not lose everything again because of a war", Mr Moon said in a nationally televised news conference.

On Tuesday, China, which has been accused by the USA of not doing enough to rein in Kim's authoritarian regime, started implementing a ban on North Korean imports of iron, irone ore and seafood as part of a far-reaching UN Security Council resolution passed earlier this month.

Dialogue is the only solution to the nuclear crisis in the Korean peninsula, and not military action, said Fan, according to a statement by the Chinese Defence Ministry.

The United States has expressed concern about what it calls unsafe intercepts of US aircraft by the Chinese air force and a lack of transparency in military spending by China, which is in the midst of an ambitious military modernization program. North Korea views such exercises as preparations to invade it.

In Seoul, South Korean President Moon Jae-in said he would consider sending a special envoy to North Korea for talks if the North stops its missile and nuclear tests, in an effort to jumpstart diplomacy.

August 15, 2017 (EIRNS)-Though the crisis surrounding North Korea is high on the agenda, Gen. Joseph Dunford, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, also discussed the U.S.

North Korea's rapid progress in developing nuclear weapons and missiles capable of reaching the USA mainland has fueled a surge in tensions in recent days. Kim Jong Un having ballistic missiles melded with nuclear warheads would be a significant threat to the region and the United States.

War would be horrific, U.S. general tells Trump on North Korea response
War would be horrific, U.S. general tells Trump on North Korea response

Dunford responded that the US considered the meetings important to making progress on areas of disagreement, without citing any specific examples.

The United States and South Korea remain technically still at war with North Korea after the 1950-53 Korean conflict ended with a truce, not a peace treaty. "We have a long way to go, but I am encouraged by the strong commitments of all to enforce those sanctions", the chairman said.

In 2005, North Korea reached an agreement with six countries to suspend its nuclear program in return for diplomatic rewards and energy assistance but the deal later collapsed.

Trump had promised to seek negotiations and approval from South Korea before taking any options regarding North Korea, Moon also said. "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".

Mr Trump tweeted that Kim had "made a very wise and well reasoned decision", referring to North Korean official media saying the leader would not give an immediate order to launch multiple missiles towards Guam. "North Korea is nearing a threshold for the red line", Mr Moon said. "The alternative would have been both catastrophic and unacceptable!"

State-run Chinese newspaper the Global Times said on its website late Thursday that authorities in the Chinese border city of Hunchun were negotiating with North Korea about the fate of seafood trucks stuck between the two countries' customs ports.

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