Top US general to meet with South Korean president about crisis

South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Monday met visiting top US General Joseph Dunford to discuss the North Korea issue.

"We're all looking to get out of this situation without a war", Dunford said. "No war should occur on the Korean Peninsula ever again".

Mattis and Tillerson underlined that the United States aims "to achieve the complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and a dismantling of the regime's ballistic-missile programs". The annual Ulchi-Freedom Guardian drills, which will run from August 21 to August 31, have already drawn criticism from North Korea.

The U.S. has 6 B-1 Lancer bombers on a rotation through Andersen Air Force Base, where they would likely play a large role in any potential conflict with North Korea.

Japan set up a missile-defense system in western areas of the country, following a threat by North Korea to fire missiles over Japan toward the USA territory of Guam. "I've seen no intelligence that would indicate that we're in that place today".

Guam's Homeland Security Adviser George Charfauros said Friday it would take 14 minutes for a missile fired from North Korea to reach Guam. "What we are focused on now is continued capability of development and where Kim Jong-un maybe in the future".

North Korea and the United States exchanged threats of military action last week, with Pyongyang saying it will develop a plan to strike the U.S. Pacific territory of Guam.

French President Emmanuel Macron called for the worldwide community to work with North Korea to "resume the path of dialogue without conditions", following a call with Trump Saturday.

In response to Trump's threats, Pyongyang has lashed out with its own warnings in a desperate bid to stall any United States attack.

The North Korean military are putting the final touches on a plan to fire four missiles into the waters around the U.S. territory of Guam, to be presented to leader Kim Jong-un within days.

Both men told reporters at the headquarters for Combined Forces Command that US and South Korean officials will continue to examine the threats from North Korea and make adjustments to the force as they are needed and agreed upon. "Military advisers who don't believe in a pre-emptive strike know they will have to keep the president convinced that the United States would be unwise to take that approach". Moreover, he has the backing of powerful sections of the American ruling elite that regard the removal of the Pyongyang regime as a necessary part of a broader strategy of undermining and subordinating China. In a call with Trump on Saturday in Asia, Chinese President Xi Jinping called for all sides to maintain restraint and avoid inflammatory comments.

"Gen. Dunford just arrived in Osan Air Base to meet with US Forces Korea leadership and explore the Camp Humphreys area with his team on board 2 UH-60 Black Hawks", a statement on the Joint Staff Facebook page said. "What we would do in the event of an attack on Guam - or missiles being launched towards Guam - is a decision that will ... be made by the president of the United States and he will make that in the context of our alliance", the chairman said. "Beijing, even if it temporarily acquiesced, would not long abide an American strategy of determining by itself outcomes at the very edge of China's heartland, as its intervention in the Korean War of the 1950s demonstrated". On Friday, Trump said that if Kim makes any "overt threat" or strike at a U.S. territory or ally "he will truly regret it and he will regret it fast".

  • Joey Payne