Tillerson, Mattis rebuff Bannon claim of no 'military solution' for North Korea

US President Donald Trump left and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un are shown on a television report in South Korea

US President Donald Trump left and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un are shown on a television report in South Korea

"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", Mr Lavrov said.

South Korean citizens and the media have been less shy about ripping into both Trump, for his threat, and the government of President Moon Jae-in, for not taking the USA president to task for evoking a potential war that would likely result in tens of thousands of Korean deaths.

During a visit to Beijing Thursday, the Chairman of the U.S. Joint Cheifs of Staff, General Joseph Dunford said there are no plans to reduce the size of the exercises.

The US and Japan have agreed to advance their multilateral security and defence cooperation with India, South Korea and Australia in view of North Korea's unsafe provocative behaviour, leaders of the countries have said.

The United States has agreed not to take any military action against North Korea without first getting South Korea's approval, President Moon Jae-in said Thursday as he marked 100 days in office.

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

Still, even amid calls for a combination of diplomacy and pressure to dissuade North Korea, some conservatives in South Korea are calling for the U.S.to redeploy tactical nuclear weapons to the southern half of the peninsula.

In photos released with the KCNA report, Mr Kim was seen holding a baton and pointing at a map showing a flight path for the missiles appearing to start from North Korea's east coast, flying over Japan towards Guam.

On the issue of thousands of Koreans forced into labor during the period, Moon noted South Korea's Supreme Court ruling that former agreements between the two governments do not forfeit individual victim's rights to seek compensation from their former Japanese employers.

"We have been quite clear as to what the policy and the posture toward North Korea is", Tillerson said.

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Moon said North Korea must stop issuing menacing statements and provocations.

Kim Jong Un appeared to reference the joint drills Tuesday, saying he would "watch" U.S. actions "a little more" before making a decision whether to launch missiles into the waters around Guam - a plan that was outlined last week as United States and North Korea traded increasingly hostile rhetoric.

China, North Korea's main ally and trading partner, has repeatedly urged Pyongyang to halt its weapons program and at the same time urged South Korea and the United States to stop military drills in order to lower tensions.

The military drills, set to take place on Monday, would "further drive the situation on the Korean Peninsula into catastrophe", the North's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said.

Speaking after the exercise in March, USFK deputy commander Lt. Gen. Thomas Bergeson said the alliance's mission "is first and foremost to deter any aggression from North Korea". Its state media described in detail Tuesday its plans to launch missiles into waters near Guam.

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Moon has long wished to ease tensions on the peninsula through negotiations, and last month called for talks with North Korea.

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