South Korea's Moon pledges there will be 'no war on Korean peninsula'


South Korean President Moon Jae-in proposed a trilateral discussion with the USA during a summit with Chinese President Xi Jinping last month in a bid to ease Beijing's resistance to the deployment of a United States missile shield here, Seoul officials said Wednesday.

Conservative politicians have urged the ruling liberal Democratic Party to beef up South Korea's military defences to counter the escalating threat from the North.

"In early May, we got initial intercept capability and they continue to build on that capability", said Manning of the United States moving the defenses into South Korea during a transitional period before Moon came to power. Trump said the North will be met by "fire and fury" should it continue to make threats against the United States, later adding his country's military options are now "locked and loaded".

Moon's comments follow a spike in animosity generated by North Korea's warning that it might send missiles into waters near the US territory of Guam, and by Trump's warlike language.

"If North Korea launches another provocation, it will face even stronger sanctions and it will not be able to survive them".

He has also suggested talks along with the South Korean Red Cross about reuniting families that were separated during the Korean War between 1950 and 1953. Kim appeared in photos sitting at a table with a large map marked by a straight line between what appeared to be northeastern North Korea and Guam, and passing over Japan - apparently showing the missiles' flight route.

Moon said he thinks Trump's belligerent words are meant to show a strong resolve for pressuring the North and don't necessarily display the willingness for military strikes.

A high-level diplomatic source said Wednesday that during a summit with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Berlin in early July, President Moon proposed a trilateral dialogue to discuss THAAD. Next week's start of U.S.

The intense rhetoric on both sides raised fears that a miscalculation could lead to catastrophic consequences - Pyongyang has vast artillery forces deployed within range of Seoul, where millions of people live.

He was a supporter of the "Sunshine Policy", an attempt to improve relations between the two Koreas from 1998 to 2008, and was chief of staff to former South Korean President Roh Moo-hyun. Pyongyang responded by saying it was considering a strike against the US Pacific territory of Guam. -South Korean military drills set to begin August 21, which the North claims are rehearsals for invasion.

President Moon Jae-in reaffirmed his commitment to peace and security on the Korean Peninsula on Friday during a speech to a memorial for the late leader Kim Dae-jung who held the first inter-Korean summit in 2000. North Korea has long slammed it as a rehearsal for invasion.

Hua said she noted comments by U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson about using diplomacy to resolve the issue, saying China hoped these words can be put into action.

Moon told a nationally televised press conference that dialogue between South Korea and the DPRK should be resumed although it did not need to be made in a hurry.