[Editorial] President Moon emphasizes need for peaceful solutions in Liberation Day address

South Koreans lack a sense of looming crisis

South Koreans lack a sense of looming crisis

He said US President Donald Trump had assured South Korea he would consult with them before making any military decisions on North Korea.

Responding to the tests, Trump warned the North of "fire and fury like the world has never seen", while Pyongyang threatened to fire missiles close to the United States territory of Guam. Moon's commitment to a peaceful solution is even more credible since it comes right when North Korea and the United States appear to be each taking a step back.

His journey to Asia comes as North Korea's Minju Joson newspaper said in an editorial that Pyongyang's army is "capable of fighting any war the USA wants".

Moon is working to alleviate South Korean's fears of military action. "I will prevent another war at all cost", Moon said at the presidential Blue House, which lies just 30 miles south of the Demilitarized Zone that separates the two Koreas.

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The call came after Trump made fresh threats against North Korea on Friday, declaring the US military "locked and loaded" and warning Kim that he "will regret it fast" if he takes any action against USA territories or allies.

The tentative interest in diplomacy follows unusually combative threats between Trump and North Korea amid worries Pyongyang is nearing its long-sought goal of being able to send a nuclear missile to the USA mainland.

South Korean Defence Ministry spokesman Lee Jin-woo said the joint drills, long a source of aggravation for Pyongyang, would go ahead as planned. "It offers no advantage to South Korea", said Song Wanseob, a 61-year-old farmer who traveled to Seoul from the southern city of Suncheon for Tuesday's protest.

Dunford earlier told reporters traveling with him to Asia that he aims to "sense what the temperature is in the region".

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Local residents in Seongju also fear negative health and economic effects caused by radiation despite reassurances by US and South Korean officials that it's safe.

"I am confident that the USA will respond to the current situation in a calm and responsible manner in line with our policy direction". Xi urged Washington and Pyongyang to avoid words or actions that could worsen the situation.

"Both the United States and South Korea do not believe North Korea has yet completely gained re-entry technology in material engineering terms", Vice Defence Minister Suh Choo-suk said in televised remarks on Sunday for a Korea Broadcasting System (KBS) show. Beijing says its influence on Pyongyang is limited.

Pompeo's recast red line leaves an opportunity for the Trump administration to pump existing and prototype US missile defense programs with cash, claim their efficacy is sufficient to protect the USA homeland from a North Korean ICBM strike, and call it a day.

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