US, South Korean defence chiefs to meet this month - Pentagon

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His remarks came after Steve Bannon, US President Donald Trump's chief strategist, on Wednesday floated the possibility of a deal between the US and North Korea in which US troops withdraw from South Korea in exchange for a verifiable freeze in the North's nuclear program.

North Korea has been under United Nations sanctions since 2006 over its ballistic missile and nuclear programs and the Security Council has ratcheted up the measures in response to five nuclear weapons tests and four long-range missile launches.

The United States, South Korea and Japan are approaching the issue as an alliance.

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

But North Korean media reported on Tuesday that Kim delayed the decision while he waited to see what the United States did next, prompting Trump to praise Kim's "wise" decision.

Ambassador Kim reiterated his leader's demand that the US immediately stop its "arrogant provocation" and its "extremely unsafe actions around the Korean Peninsula", including deploying "huge nuclear strategic equipment".

Even in light of the recent high tensions and brinkmanship between the USA and North Korea, the "double-freeze", or the idea often floated by China and North Korea whereby the United States stops military exercises and limits or eliminates its presence in North Korea in exchange for denuclearization, won't budge.


Dunford told reporters that he has advised the US leadership not to dial back on the exercises with South Korea.

He was elected in May after a decade of conservative rule that saw animosity deepen between the rival Koreas. Moon wants to engage the North.

Mr Moon wants to engage with the North, but his efforts have so far been met with a string of threats and missile tests as Pyongyang works to build nuclear-armed missiles that can reach the United States mainland. "We have a long way to go, but I am encouraged by the strong commitments of all to enforce those sanctions", the chairman said. North Korea's U.N. Ambassador Ja Song Nam is now in North Korea, also known as DPRK.

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.

He said: " The most important task at hand is for the USA and North Korea to "hit the brakes" on their mutual needling of each other with words and actions, to lower the temperature of the tense situation and prevent the emergence of an "August crisis".

"I think the North perfecting an ICBM, loading an atomic warhead on it and weaponizing it is a red line".

China says the system affects its own security because of its powerful radar, and will do nothing to ease tension with North Korea. Moon didn't elaborate, but many foreign experts have viewed the North's possessing a reliable ICBM as a tripwire for potential USA strikes.

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