Seoul looks to jumpstart diplomacy in N. Korea standoff

Seoul looks to jumpstart diplomacy in N. Korea standoff

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.

"The United States and President Donald Trump too have agreed to discuss any options it may take (against North Korea) with South Korea regardless of what kind of options it takes".

"I will prevent war at all cost", President Moon Jae-in said, as cited by AFP.

Still, the first thing I do when I wake up in the morning, even before I leave my bed, is to check the North Korean news agency to see if it has made another bombastic announcement - like the one in which the North recently threatened to launch ballistic missiles around Guam in an "enveloping fire". A mass movement of North Korean troops and weapons toward the border; the arrival of American warships; the evacuation of 200,000 American civilians, and far more expat Chinese, from South Korea; the elevation of the Defcon military alert status. "This is an unpardonable plot toeing the U.S. line to suffocate the DPRK", it said, using the abbreviation of the North's official name.

Incredibly, Moon would still like nothing better than to renew the policy of reconciliation with North Korea as pursued during the presidencies of Kim Dae-jung and Roh Moo-hyun from 1998 to 2008. "I do not necessarily believe that showed his determination to take military options".

Moon sought to reassure his citizens that U.S. military action would not be possible without the consent of the Republic of Korea, before reaffirming that both he and the USA shared the same position on North Korea.

"I would define the red line as completing the development of an intercontinental ballistic missile and being able to weaponized it with a nuclear warhead", Moon said.

The article also reiterated that the nuclear issue on the Korean peninsula "needs be entirely resolved between the DPRK and the U.S." as it is caused by the U.S.'s "ceaseless nuclear threats and blackmail".

Seoul can use its right to a veto on any United States military action on the peninsula, the South Korean leader said.

The Rodong Sinmun said Seoul's attempt to strengthen the alliance is a "commitment to act as a shock brigade in the war of aggression against the north which the USA master plans to stage".

The president's statement came amid seemingly easing tensions between neighboring communist North Korea and South Korean ally the United States, which in recent weeks have engaged in a rhetorical battle that many feared would put both nations on a path toward a nuclear war.

Dunford said Thursday that a peaceful resolution to North Korea tensions was still preferred, but that nobody thinks economic pressure will be enough to force Pyongyang to back down. What concessions is the United States willing to make to induce North Korea to consider ending, or at least freezing, its nuclear program? "North Korea should at a minimum cease its provocations in order to establish a climate favourable to the dialogue".

But for all the tempered words of his top officials, Trump has been issuing tough threats to North Korea.

He warned Pyongyang that if it conducts provocations again, it would face tougher sanctions and eventually can not endure them, urging the country to stop any risky provocation.

In a speech on Tuesday's National Liberation Day, which marked the country's 72nd anniversary of the end of Japan's colonial rule, Moon urged Japanese leaders to be bold and take steps to resolve the issues of forced labor by Koreans as well as Korean women forced into wartime brothels for the Japanese military.

"Under the right conditions, I will also go to Pyongyang". "That is why we must deal with historical issues as historical issues and the countries' future-oriented cooperation separately".

On Sunday, a special policy adviser to President Moon told ABC News that Trump's policy towards Pyongyang was "strategic confusion". The government will rationalize tax expenditures and system first and gauge public opinion before deciding whether it needs an additional tax increase.

"The plan is to shut down nuclear reactors now in operation after each runs out of their designed lifespan", Moon said. We will be reducing reactors one by one and build renewable energy sources at the same time.