War 'horrific' but N.Korea nukes 'unimaginable'

SKorea looks to jumpstart diplomacy in NKorea standoff

"We would take immediate, specific actions to take it down", he said in response to a question about what the USA would do if North Korea launched ballistic missiles toward the territory of its allies.

Dunford Jr., chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, signs the Joint Staff Dialogue Mechanism with his Chinese counterpart Gen. Fang Fenghui following a roundtable discussion at the Ba Yi, Aug. 15, 2017.

He was responding to remarks by a top Trump aide ruling out military action over North Korea's nuclear programme.

Trump has promised "fire and fury" in response to recent North Korean threats.

"You are the first senior military official to visit China since US President Donald Trump took office", Xi told Dunford. But, he added, "what's unimaginable is allowing KJU [North Korean leader Kim Jong Un] to develop ballistic missiles with a nuclear warhead that can threaten the United States and continue to threaten the region".

China, North Korea's largest trading partner, has vowed to enforce the new sanctions, as it has done with previous imposts, and says it is ready to pay the price.

Mattis reaffirmed the ironclad US commitment to defend South Korea and emphasized the military's role in providing extended deterrence, she added, and expressed his commitment to the ongoing diplomatic effort to achieve the peaceful denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula. The views expressed therein are not necessarily those of stlucianewsonline.com, its sponsors or advertisers.

North Korea's missile launches "must stop immediately", Tillerson said.

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The annual exercises have taken on greater significance this year due to the rise in tensions around North Korea's rapid progress in developing nuclear weapons and missiles capable of reaching the USA mainland.

Gen Dunford has been in Asia this week, visiting South Korea, Japan and China.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in speaks during a press conference marking his first 100 days in office at the presidential house in Seoul on Thursday.

"I don't think any of us believe that economic and diplomatic pressure alone ... or this campaign will result in denuclearization", the chairman said. An official from the city said he's not sure if North Korean companies will be able to compensate local businesses for the losses they'll see by sending the seafood back.

Moon, in a televised speech Tuesday on the anniversary of World War II's end and the Korean Peninsula's liberation from Japanese colonial rule, said Seoul and Washington agree that the nuclear standoff should "absolutely be solved peacefully".

Tensions between the countries, however, had eased in the last few days, especially after Pyongyang said it had delayed a plan to attack the U.S. island of Guam in the Pacific.

China and the U.S., the world's two largest economies, say they are committed to having a stable military-to-military relationship, but there are deep faultlines, Reuters noted.

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