Published: Sat, August 19, 2017
Global Media | By Meredith Barber

South Korean opposition calls on United States to share its nuclear arsenal

South Korean opposition calls on United States to share its nuclear arsenal

And South Korean journalist friends of mine were hoping, seriously, that they could get a trip to Guam out of the North Korea news.

He also declared, amid fears in South Korea that threats from President Donald Trump to unleash "fire and fury" on Pyongyang could lead to real fighting, that there would be no second war on the Korean Peninsula.

Will the allies keep it low-key, or focus on projecting strength?

A recent war of words between the U.S. and North Korea escalated tensions.

"We can not have a war on the Korean peninsula ever again", he said. "For peace on the Korean Peninsula, I will do everything that I can do".

The annual Ulchi-Freedom Guardian exercise is scheduled for 10 days beginning August 21, and will include about 25,000 USA troops along with tens of thousands of South Koreans. Joseph Dunford, the chairman of the U.S.

Moon is enjoying strong ratings in the South.

"He was busy posing for photos with tourists at vacation spots and didn't even bother to call President Trump to discuss the North's ICBM test", Chung Woo-taik, a conservative opposition leader, said this week.

The official daily Rodong Sinmun criticised the South Korean leader, who in a Tuesday speech asserted that Seoul's "big challenge at present" was the "issue of North's nukes and missile".

The President said that increasing taxes would be considered only after a public consensus is formed in favour of such a measure.

Impoverished North Korea hates the drills in part because it must frequently respond with its own expensive displays of military might. The North in turn threatened to test-fire its missiles towards the US Pacific island of Guam.

He said: " The most important task at hand is for the USA and North Korea to "hit the brakes" on their mutual needling of each other with words and actions, to lower the temperature of the tense situation and prevent the emergence of an "August crisis". "The North must refrain from this kind of risky behavior".

If this is right, expect the usual propaganda belligerence in state media or low-level provocations like artillery and short-range missile drills.

A handful of people paused at a train station in Seoul on Tuesday to watch coverage of North Korea's threats to launch missiles into waters near Guam.

"I would consider that North Korea is crossing a red line if it launches an intercontinental ballistic missile again and weaponizes it by putting a nuclear warhead on top of the missile", South Korean President Moon Jae-in said at a news conference marking his first 100 days in office. The initiative has been supported by Russian Federation but rejected by the United States.

David Wright, a USA analyst from the Union of Concerned Scientists, said in an emailed statement that the United States should "postpone or significantly restructure" the exercises to reduce the risk of military confrontation.

"The most important task at hand is for the USA and North Korea to "hit the brakes" on their mutual needling of each other with words and actions, to lower the temperature of the tense situation and prevent the emergence of an 'August crisis, '" Wang was quoted as saying in the Tuesday conversation.

The statement, however, did not mention the proposal for a dialogue the South Korean President made in July, which Pyongyang has so far ignored.

"The time is ripe for us to hold in-depth discussions over the redeployment of the USA military's tactical nukes to cope with the dangers of the North's nuclear and missile programs and deter any conflict on the Korean Peninsula", Chung said, according to the Yonhap News Agency. In March, the beginning of Foal Eagle prompted North Korea to test-fire four ballistic missiles, which in turn prompted the Pentagon to announce that it was assembling a missile defense system known as Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) on the Korean Peninsula with approval of the government in Seoul.

North Korea and the United States should make more of an effort to settle the perilous situation over Pyongyang's nuclear program now transpiring on the Korean Peninsula, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said Thursday.

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