President Moon open to sending Special Envoy to North Korea

Andrew Cummings
August 19, 2017

Trump will issue an order later on Monday to determine whether to investigate Chinese trade practices that force US firms operating in China to turn over intellectual property, senior administration officials said on Saturday.

Dunford "stressed that North Korea's ballistic missile and nuclear weapons programs threaten the entire global community", according to USA military spokesman Capt. Darryn James.

Tiger Han, a student in Beijing, said both sides are equally to blame, with the US seeking to maintain its influence in the region.

Moon has repeatedly stressed that he is open to dialogue with North Korea, if conditions are met and North Korea temporarily halts its nuclear program.

A South Korean soldier looks into North Korea on Wednesday.

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

However, next week will see the start of US-South Korean military exercises which have angered the North in the past.

Moon, who took office on May 10 after a snap election after the ouster of his conservative predecessor over a corruption and influence-peddling scandal, said Seoul is in close communication with Washington over the North Korean problem.

'By trying to incriminate Beijing as an accomplice in (North Korea's) nuclear adventure and blame it for a failure that is essentially a failure of all stakeholders, Trump risks making the serious mistake of splitting up the global coalition that is the means to resolve the issue peacefully, ' it said.

Moon said people worked hard to rebuild South Korea and could not lose everything again because of war. "I am confident that the U.S. will respond to the current situation in a calm and responsible manner in line with our policy direction", Moon said.

Kim Jong-un had suggested Pyongyang was preparing to fire missiles towards the U.S. island territory of Guam, prompting Mr Trump to say that United States military solutions are "locked and loaded" if the North chose to act "unwisely".

The United States has been the South's security guarantor since the end of the Korean War in 1953, which left the peninsula divided and technically still in a state of conflict with no peace treaty signed.

Moon urged North Korea not to make further provocations, saying it would face much tougher sanctions that the impoverished country would be unable to withstand if it persists with its nuclear weapons development.

The last test launch of this new missile, likely to be designated the Hyunmoo 2c, took place on June 23 and was overseen by South Korean President Moon Jae-in.

But Moon said: "I will prevent war at all cost".

General Joseph Dunford (front L), chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, and his Chinese counterpart General Fang Fenghui, chief of the general staff of the Chinese People's Liberation Army, attend a signing ceremony in Beijing on August 15, 2017.

"Kim Jong Un of North Korea made a very wise and well reasoned decision", Trump wrote on Twitter on Wednesday.

The plans are based on the Hwasong-12, a new missile the country successfully flight-tested for the first time in May.

Yesterday James Mattis, the U.S. defence secretary, said that it would be "game on" if North Korea fired a missile that hit American territory. It also conducted two underground nuclear tests in 2016.

The North's latest report said Kim ordered his military to be prepared to launch the missiles toward Guam at any time.

Earlier this month, Trump threatened to unleash "fire and fury" on North Korea if it continues to advance his nuclear program.

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