Bannon is right about North Korea

"I say this with confidence that there will be no war on the Korean Peninsula ever again", Moon said in a press conference marking his first 100 days in office.

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 Trump's warlike language.

Of course, it would be nice if the current crisis could be defused by negotiations.

U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday praised North Korean leader Kim Jong Un for a "wise" decision not to fire missiles towards the U.S. Pacific territory of Guam, which has eased escalating tension between the two countries. In 1963, at the height of U.S. -USSR tensions, only 19 percent of people thought the Soviets would live up to the terms of a test-ban treaty. "So I want all South Koreans to believe with confidence that there will be no war".

That, as well as positioning the forces for a major attack, would wipe out the element of surprise, in part because the North Koreans are believed to have a number of spies in South Korea and elsewhere, US intelligence officials said.

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

If a threat were to become an action, some wonder what type of impact it could have on the USA dollar.

"North Korea must at least end additional provocations to create the mood for dialogue".

Moon said the two countries need to address history issues separately.

On Tuesday, China, North Korea's closest diplomatic ally, urged Washington and Pyongyang to "put the brakes" on all provocative actions and statements. 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. It's likely a coincidence, but South Korean President Moon Jae-in also publicly declared that the military option is not on the table this week.

South Korea and the USA are set to hold annual military drills, dubbed "Ulchi-Freedom Guardian", from next week.

Lobbing missiles toward Guam, a major USA military hub in the Pacific, would be deeply provocative from the US perspective.

Both sides have since tempered their rhetoric somewhat, but with North Korea's military capabilities growing, Japan has been looking to strengthen its defenses. He added that the idea that air-dropping South Korean DVDs and music into North Korea would eventually sway the population against Kim "overestimates the draw of material goods over nationalism and national identity". But the centerline of this crisis is the same question that has vexed USA policy for decades - how to deal with a rogue nation that delights in defying worldwide norms, and now does so with nuclear weapons. The U.S.'s real focus should be on China, Pyongyang's major trading partner, and a country we are already "at economic war with". The drills will begin later this month. He said he would watch the "foolish and stupid conduct of the Yankees".

Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, California Republican, offered the suggestion Thursday amid growing concerns surrounding North Korea's nuclear capabilities amplified by recent threats directed toward Guam, a US territory only minutes away by missile.

The White House did not immediately return a request for comment. North Korea simply lacks the capability to do so in a way that wouldn't open it up to worldwide embarrassments, such as the missiles failing or being shot down by the US.

Both the U.S. and Chinese sides acknowledged during Dunford's visit that they hold differing views on certain "sensitive issues".

  • Kyle Peterson