Top US military officer due in Korea next week

People walk by a TV screen showing a local news program reporting with an image of U.S. President Donald Trump at the Seoul Train Station in Seoul South Korea Wednesday Aug. 9 2017

South Korea's military said on Thursday North Korea's recent statements regarding striking the USA territory of Guam are a challenge against Seoul and the U.S.

"Of course, the urgent task is to secure the military capabilities that enable us to counter the North Korean nuclear and missile provocations".

Moon made the remark at the presidential office when he received reports from six four-star generals on their promotions, including Army Chief of Staff Kim Yong-woo.

President Moon Jae-in said on Wednesday that there is a need to significantly overhaul national defense.

Kim also said that the South Korean military had been "placed in a hard position with new security situations and new threats".

Markets are under pressure as US-North Korea tension rises
Trump's comments followed reports the North has mastered a technology needed to strike the United States with a nuclear missile. ENERGY: Benchmark U.S. crude lost 23 cents to $48.94 per barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange.

The bombers have been "threatening and blackmailing" North Korea through their frequent visits to the sky above South Korea, it said.

Moon called on the generals to make all-out efforts to guarantee the human rights of soldiers.

In recent phone talks, Dunford and his South Korean counterpart Gen.

A North Korean Army spokesman earlier on Tuesday said the military was examining an operational plan for an enveloping missile strike at areas around Guam with its intermediate-range ballistic missiles Hwasong-12.

Guam's Homeland Security Adviser George Charfauros says officials there are confident "the U.S. Department of Defense is monitoring this situation very closely and is maintaining a condition of readiness".

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