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The latter is an approach that China has called for as a first step to defusing the crisis. The two sides have been enemies ever since the 1950-3 Korean War ended with an armistice - no peace treaty was ever signed.

Presently, two major exercises are held annually, Foal Eagle and Key Resolve (FEKR) in March or April, and Ulchi Freedom Guardian (UFG) in August.

However, in the event of a military attack by North Korea, the USA armed forces are always prepared to defend South Korea.

"If the North Koreans shoot missiles or cannons, the time it takes for the shells to fly to Seoul is about 2 to 6 minutes, so we should take shelter in less than 5 minutes after the air raid warning", an official at the country's alarm control station told Chosun Ilbo.

Moon has repeatedly urged North Korea not to "cross the red line" but had not previously elaborated what that would constitute. "In the President's words they are behind us '1,000 percent.' As the head of the Government of Guam, I appreciate their reassurances that my family, my friends, everyone on this island, are all safe".

"That becomes an issue that we take up, and it's however the president chooses", Mattis said.

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The annual drills antagonize Pyongyang which see the exercises as practice for an invasion, however the US and South Korea maintain they are purely defensive.

Moon said peace is the peninsula's strategy for survival as security, economic growth and prosperity would not be ensured without peace, noting that peace on the peninsula would lead to peace in Northeast Asia and the world. "Very complex things that have to be coordinated and executed".

He hoped the current situation would end without war breaking out.

Tension in the region has risen since North Korea carried out two nuclear bomb tests a year ago and two intercontinental ballistic missile tests in July, tests it often conducts to coincide with important national dates.

His comments are made in an effort to calm fears amid the North's recent warnings that it will launch missiles into the waters surrounding the United States territory of Guam.

During an inspection of the North Korean army's Strategic Forces, which handles the missile program, Kim praised the military for drawing up a "close and careful plan" and said he would watch the "foolish and stupid conduct of the Yankees" a little more before deciding whether to order the missile test, the state-run Korean Central News Agency said.

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Next week's start of annual US-South Korean military exercises that enrage the North each year could make diplomacy even more hard .

Only then could Seoul consider sending an envoy to the North, he added. The island is also home to a large USA military presence, a fact that has led to tension with some local residents, particularly those of the indigenous Chamorro community.

North Korea claims it has successfully miniaturized a nuclear weapon.

"If you were to cancel the exercises now you would invite more of the same. if you demonstrate you can be coerced, you're inviting more coercion".

"The military dimension today is directly in support of that diplomatic and economic effort", Dunford told reporters after meeting with South Korean President Moon Jae-in in Seoul.

"But we can not rely exclusively on our allies", he added.

"I don't think we must rush into it", he said.

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"A resolution of the North Korea nuclear issue by military force is completely unacceptable and the peninsula's nuclear issue must be peacefully resolved by political and diplomatic methods", Lavrov was quoted as saying.

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