S.Korean president emphasizes peace on Korean Peninsula

US Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman to arrive in Seoul on Sunday for talks with local counterparts, president on N. Korea

Dunford agreed that the recent series of missile provocation by North Korea led to grave security situations on the peninsula, saying no change was made in the United States commitment to the defence of South Korea.

Joseph Dunford is traveling in Asia and is expected to meet with leaders in China, South Korea and Japan.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Monday ruled out war on the Korean peninsula, even as he admitted that North Korea's threat had reached an unprecedented level.

He told Chris Wallace the USA has a "pretty good idea" of North Korea's intentions, but Pompeo declined to provide specifics. Over the weekend, tension hit a fresh high after US President Donald Trump tweeted that military solutions were "now fully in place, locked and loaded" to counter any North Korean military action.

He also called for the Kim Jong-un regime to make a "right choice" of denuclearization and restore inter-Korean exchanges and cooperation.

"The military dimension today is directly in support of that diplomatic and economic effort", Gen. Dunford told reporters in Seoul.

On Sunday, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis ran an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal, stressing that Washington's top priority remains the ongoing "peaceful pressure campaign", though it is ready for military action if necessary.

The United States is adopting a policy of "strategic accountability" towards North Korea, the officials wrote, but it is not clear how this significantly differs from the "strategic patience" Korea policy of former President Barack Obama.

In his most recent phone conversation with Trump a week ago, Moon said "a tragic war should never happen on the Korean peninsula", according to his presidential spokesman.

"The problem is that Kim Jong Un is nothing like his father", said Nam Seong-wook, professor of North Korea Studies at Korea University in Seoul.

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

In Washington, top administration officials appeared focused on trying to play down the prospect of nuclear war.

They reiterated that the USA is "willing to negotiate" with Pyongyang and has "no interest in regime change or accelerated reunification of Korea".

The South Korean leader also sought to assure his own people amid growing concerns of an armed conflict here.

World stocks rose along with U.S. Treasury yields and the U.S. dollar as investors regained an appetite for riskier investments amid an easing of Korea tensions.

The North's news agency, KCNA, warned on Monday that a conflict could be sparked with "a minor incident".

"If the US goes reckless by wielding a nuclear stick before its rival armed with nukes despite the repeated warnings of the DPRK, it would precipitate its self-destruction", the agency said, using the abbreviation for North Korea's official name. "We are closely monitoring every move by the United States". According to the Blue House, General Dunford emphasized that the mission of USA forces is to support Washington's efforts to diplomatically and economically pressure Pyongyang to denuclearize and that the "military option" is just in case those efforts fail.

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