Top US Military Officer Hopes For Peaceful Resolution With North Korea

Laura Christensen
August 15, 2017

"Based on projective capacity that North Korea possesses today, we can protect the peninsula, the Koreans here in the peninsula, the Americans here in the peninsula, we can protect Guam, we can protect Hawaii and we can protect the continent of the United States", he said.

Joe Dunford will visit South Korea, China and Japan.

He was assured later yesterday by visiting top U.S. general Joseph Dunford that United States military options being prepared against the North would be for when diplomatic and economic sanctions failed, South Korea's presidential office said.

He said the South Korea-U.S. alliance was an alliance to maintain peace, adding that peace would not be brought to the peninsula by exercising military might. The trip follows a week in which President Donald Trump waged a war of words with North Korea, declaring the US military "locked and loaded".

"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.

Calling the U.S. -South Korea military alliance "an alliance for peace", Moon said that he was "confident that the U.S. will respond calmly and responsibly to the current situation". "There must not be a war on the Korean Peninsula ever again", Moon said.

"By trying to incriminate Beijing as an accomplice in (North Korea's) nuclear adventure and blame it for a failure that is essentially a failure of all stakeholders, Trump risks making the serious mistake of splitting up the worldwide coalition that is the means to resolve the issue peacefully", it said.

Trump last week warned North Korea that it would face "fire and fury" if it tried to attack the United States or its allies.

North Korea launched an intercontinental ballistic missile on July 4, and duplicated the feat on July 28.

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"The problem is that Kim Jong Un is nothing like his father", said Nam Seong-wook, professor of North Korea Studies at Korea University in Seoul.

But top administration officials appear focused on trying to play down the prospect of nuclear war.

Dunford believes that a conflict on the Korean Peninsula would be terrible, but that does not mean there are not military options. "But even as we develop those options, we are mindful of the consequences of those options, and that gives us a greater sense of urgency to make sure we are doing everything we absolutely can to support Secretary Tillerson's path".

The U.S. hopes this will help avoid conflict.

World stocks rose along with U.S. Treasury yields and the U.S. dollar as investors regained an appetite for riskier investments amid an easing of Korea tensions.

"I've seen no intelligence that would indicate that we're in that place today", Pompeo told "Fox News Sunday".

The Korean Central News Agency kept up its tough talk Monday. Success in that campaign would be a North Korean commitment to denuclearization and a halt of missile tests, officials said.

President Donald Trump's national security adviser, H.R. McMaster, tells ABC's "This Week" that "we're not closer to war than a week ago, but we are closer to war than we were a decade ago".

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