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Moon Jae-In over North Korea stand-off

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More important, Kim's apparent decision not to fire a missile salvo toward Guam does not alleviate the larger USA concern: North Korea's surprising progress in developing a long-range missile powerful enough to reach California, although not yet with a nuclear warhead.

"North Korea is getting closer to the threshold of the red line", Moon warned at a press conference in Seoul on Thursday marking his 100 days in office, as reported in the local Yonhap news agency.

Presently, two major exercises are held annually, Foal Eagle and Key Resolve (FEKR) in March or April, and Ulchi Freedom Guardian (UFG) in August. He was due to leave South Korea later on Monday and will make stops in China and Japan this week.

South Korean JoongAng Ilbo said on Aug 12 that his administration appears "helpless".

Asked about potential unilateral USA action, he said "that's purely speculative and a decision to do that would be by the president".

In a comment aimed at the US, Moon emphasized that "military action on the Korean Peninsula is a course of action that can be decided by South Korea alone, and no one can decide to take military action without the consent of South Korea".

Sanctions were created to bring North Korea to the negotiating table over its nuclear and missile weapons programs, he said.

The mission is planned well in advance, considered defensive in nature and allows both military forces and civilian officials to strengthen their readiness for a crisis, he said.

"Our messaging will remain consistent".

He also again reiterated that the USA position "doesn't differ" from that of South Korea.

He will also discuss military options in the event the "diplomatic and economic pressurisation campaign" fails.

"It would be reckless and irresponsible, considering North Korea's behavior", he said, pointing to the increased missile and nuclear testing.


But the war game also has drawn scrutiny this year from Russian Federation and China, which have suggested cancelling the operation to alleviate tensions.

The jump in South Korea's CDS premium comes amid a bitter verbal war between the United States and North Korea over Pyongyang's nuclear and missile programs.

The U.S. military's most senior officer warned Monday that the United States is ready to use the "full range" of its military capabilities to defend itself and its allies against North Korea.

"Many US experts have pointed out that in face there is room to modify and scale down the exercises without seriously undermining the military preparedness".

Then again Friday, after North Korea threatened to launch missiles toward Guam.

"I call upon the North Korean government: without worldwide cooperation and co-existence economic development is impossible", said Moon.

He raised questions about a USA missile shield, pushed for dialogue with Kim and sought to mend ties with China, North Korea's main ally and benefactor.

He said: "We're all looking to get out of this situation without a war".

Dunford's visit came a day ahead of North Korea's annual "Liberation Day" from Japanese occupation.

He said Koreans subjected to forced labor during World War II and colonial times have not been fully compensated by the 1965 treaty. About 2500 additional USA troops arrived on the Korean Peninsula temporarily past year for the exercise, according to a Pentagon news release at the time.

South Korean Vice Defence Minister Suh Choo-suk agreed North Korea was likely to continue provocations, including nuclear tests, but did not see a big risk of the North engaging in actual military conflict.

Benjamin Habib, a Korea expert at Australia's La Trobe University, said opinions about military drills fall into two broad camps. "We are closely monitoring every move by the United States". President Moon also said that he is also considering sending a special envoy to Pyongyang.

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