US, China military chiefs reach deal to reduce risk of miscalculation

Guam Japan prepare for possible North Korea missile launch

"What matters is that if a second conflict (on the peninsula) erupts, that can not help but lead to a nuclear war", the North's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said in a commentary.

The U.S. -North Korea impasse, which has simmered since the end of the Korean War in 1953, has grown more tense in recent months over worries that the North's nuclear weapons program is nearing the ability to target the U.S. mainland.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in said Tuesday that there can be no military action on the Korean peninsula without Seoul's consent and that the government would prevent war by all means.

"At this point, there's little South Korea can do but. communications with the United States and China, and we're doing a good job at that", said Lee, Moon's former adviser.

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In the wake of the commemoration of the devastation suffered by Hiroshima and Nagasaki 72 years ago last week, we are especially appalled that these two leaders can so blithely and irresponsibly threaten the use of nuclear weapons.

"North Korea seems to be hosting what appears to be a meeting of foreign diplomatic missions' chiefs after calling its ambassadors to major countries back to Pyongyang", a government official told Yonhap News Agency.

Less than six years into his reign, Kim has tested more missiles than his father and grandfather combined, conducted three nuclear tests, and is racing to develop a nuclear-tipped missile that can hit the USA mainland. "I've seen no intelligence that would indicate that we're in that place today", he said. "Only the Republic of Korea can make the decision for military action on the Korean peninsula", the president said, while making no mention of the United States. This would be a deeply provocative act from the USA perspective, and there has been widespread debate about whether Washington would try to shoot the missiles down if they're fired. -China trade. Trump will issue an order later on Monday to determine whether to investigate Chinese trade practices that force USA firms operating in China to turn over intellectual property, senior administration officials said on Saturday. "Hopefully Trump will find another path. Things will become even more hard if Beijing and Washington are pitted against each other".

"Peace will not come to the Korean Peninsula by force".

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"He says that now is not the time to propose talks then (urges North Korea to come to the table)", said Park.

A handout photo made available by South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) shows a US Army Tactical Missile System (ATacMS) being launched at an undisclosed location on the east coast, South Korea, 29 July 2017.

Dunford, who is also visiting Japan and China during his trip, earlier told reporters traveling with him that he is aiming to "sense what the temperature is in the region".

Last month, Seoul proposed that the two Koreas hold dialogue on ways to defuse tensions along their heavily militarized border and restart reunions of families separated by the 1950-53 Korean War.

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