China says North Korea crisis faces 'turning point'

China says North Korea crisis faces 'turning point'

China says North Korea crisis faces 'turning point'

Both the THAAD deployment and the joint annual military exercises with the USA have angered Pyongyang, which views the moves as a threat to North Korea's national security.

The upcoming military exercises by the United States and South Korea occur every year.

Dunford was responding to questions about Trump's chief strategist Steve Bannon saying in a new interview that the threat posed by North Korea can not handled by force.

Mr. Trump "tries to put pressure on North Korea by showing his determination". We're allowed to do it [the military excercises].

Chilean Foreign Minister Heraldo Munoz says "we have not contemplated" such a move.

"Our messaging will remain consistent".

Last week the North threatened to send a salvo of missiles towards the U.S. territory of Guam - although it appears to have backed off for now. But he added that the military's job was to provide "viable military options in the event that deterrence fails".

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

Mr Trump's recent aggressive comments about deploying possible military options underscored his resolve to counter the threat from the North's nuclear weapons and missile programmes.

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Meanwhile, General Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, is set to meet meet with South Korea's president on Monday.

"These threats are serious to us, and thus we have to be prepared".

U.S. is ready for decisive military action against North Korea, if needed, USA top military commander Gen. Dunford has declared.

South Korea's President Moon Jae-in must be a severe disappointment to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. But his efforts have so far been met with a string of threats and missile tests as the North works to build nuclear-armed missiles that can reach the US mainland. It's not making our allies in Seoul or Tokyo-or Guam for that matter-sleep well at night, despite the assurances of U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and other Cabinet secretaries. Some 50,000 South Korean soldiers and about 25,000 USA troops participated a year ago over two weeks in the so-called Ulchi Freedom Guardian exercises.

Dunford's remarks seem in line with the words of CIA Director Mike Pompeo who recently said that in spite of the flaring tensions between Washington and Pyongyang there was no imminent threat of a nuclear war erupting between the United States and North Korea. The two nations have their annual military joint exercise, named Ulchi-Freedom Guardian, set for August 21-31.

The US-South Korean military exercises have exacerbated tensions in the past. Moon called for his counterpart to retract China's economic retaliation over the stationing of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense system (Thaad), while Xi argued Seoul needs to "eliminate an obstacle" and respect Beijing's "core interests" in order to improve ties, referring to Thaad.

While plans to transfer full operational control to South Korea were agreed on in 2005, the transition has been repeatedly delayed because of budgetary constraints and rising tensions.

Pyongyang has often staged provocations as a show of force against past military drills, such as missile launches or movements of its arsenal and troops along the tense border. "So I want all South Koreans to believe with confidence that there will be no war".

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