Trump's Threat 'Very Worrisome', South Korean Presidential Adviser Says

Mattis stressed that the USA will first take steps to put diplomatic and economic pressure on the North to realize the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, and reaffirmed that Washington will closely consult Seoul on all the steps.

"I do not necessarily believe that showed his determination to take military options", the South's president added in comments carried by Yonhap News Agency, also insisting the USA can not start a war on the Korean Peninsula anyway without Seoul's consent.

The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff on Monday said the USA military is ready amid heightened tensions with North Korea. "The alternative would have been both catastrophic and unacceptable!"

The DPRK announced on Tuesday that they would be putting off any plans to launch a missile into "waters near Guam", in order to see what the USA does. The military chief is also travelling to...

"What I would like to see is [North Korean leader] Kim Jong-un to commit to ceasing the development of nuclear weapons and ceasing the testing of ballistic missiles", Dunford said.

Moon was elected in May after a near-decade of conservative rule that saw animosity deepen between the rival Koreas.

Dunford said the United States wants to peacefully resolve tensions with North Korea.

The comments helped ease worries emanating from an escalation of tensions between the United States and North Korea.

Moon added Washington and Seoul are closely communicating over the North Korean nuclear programme and share the view that strong sanctions are needed against Pyongyang to stop its provocations and force it into negotiations.

He said the military was developing "credible, viable military options" upon orders from Trump.

Washington and Trump had agreed that "no matter what option they take about North Korea, all decisions will be made after consulting with and getting agreement with the Republic of Korea".

When North Korea makes a threat, the government in Seoul vents its anger while South Korean citizens mostly shrug off what can seem like a daily barrage of hostility.

The North in turn threatened to test-fire its missiles towards the US Pacific island of Guam.

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said in a phone conversation with his Russian counterpart, Sergey Lavrov, earlier this week that the two countries should work together to contain tensions and permit no one to "stir up an incident on their doorstep", according to a statement posted on the Chinese foreign ministry's website.

In the event, South Korea would emerge as a legitimate broker in the conflict between the USA and North Korea, rather than as a United States lackey, as the Kim regime likes to view it.

On Friday, Trump tweeted that "Military solutions are now fully in place, locked and loaded, should North Korea act unwisely". Two ICBM test launches in July by North Korea showed that Pyongyang has developed the ability to hit the USA mainland.

North Korea is angry about new United Nations sanctions over its expanding nuclear weapons and missile program and the upcoming military drills between Washington and Seoul. "And we have to be maniacally focused on that", The American Prospect quoted Bannon as saying.

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