US says still interested in dialogue with NKorea

South Koreans lack a sense of looming crisis

South Koreans lack a sense of looming crisis

The new U.S. Ambassador to Japan, William Hagerty, said he had arrived at a hard time and the United States wanted to work with Japan to "calm the rhetoric" over North Korea.

The North accused the United States of mobilizing a huge number of weapons and troops for annual military drills with South Korea that begin later this month.

"The No. 1 thing you hear Secretary Tillerson talk about is goals and efforts to try to denuclearize the Korean peninsula, getting Kim Jong Un to give up those illegal weapons, getting him to stop with his destabilizing activities", she told reporters at the State Department.

"Whatever ups and downs we face, the North Korean nuclear situation must be resolved peacefully", Moon also stated. Its state media described in detail Tuesday its plans to launch missiles into waters near Guam.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in says he'll consider sending a special envoy to North Korea for talks if North stops provocations.

They said the United States and its allies no longer can afford to stand by as North Korea pushes ahead with the development of a nuclear-tipped intercontinental ballistic missile. But his efforts have been met with a string of threats and missile tests as the North works to build nuclear-armed missiles that can reach the USA mainland.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in says North Korea could create conditions for dialogue by stopping additional nuclear and missile tests.

Tensions have spiked on the Korean Peninsula as North Korea and the U.S. traded bellicose rhetoric after the United Nations further tightened sanctions on Pyongyang for its two tests of intercontinental ballistic missiles last month.

Trump's recent threats followed a report that USA intelligence indicates North Korea can now put a nuclear warhead on its long-range missiles.

Moon, elected to replace impeached president Park Geun-Hye, came into office in May and has since had to deal with tensions over the North's missile and nuclear programmes.

"Military adventures and threats of force [are] unacceptable", the Russians added.

Pyongyang then threatened to fire a salvo of missiles towards the USA territory of Guam - a plan that leader Kim Jong-Un this week delayed, but warned could go ahead depending on Washington's next move.

The more North Korea repeats provocations, the more the global community pays attention to China.

Referring to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, Trump also told reporters, "If he does anything with respect to Guam or any place else that's an American territory or an American ally, he will truly regret it".

"The urgent task is to slam the brakes on the mutually provocative words and actions between North Korea and the United States", the Chinese statement said.

Trump said nothing about North Korea during a raucous 25-minute exchange with reporters at Trump Tower in NY.

Finance Minister Kim Dong-yeon made the comments in a meeting with Bank of Korea Gov.

Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr., chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, has visited Tokyo, Seoul, and Beijing this week in an effort that he said was aimed at finding a diplomatic, not a military, solution.

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