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Korea to halt all provocations, says door for dialogue still open

10 August 2017

Japan can intercept North Korea's ballistic missiles if Pyongyang ultimately opts to fire them towards U.S. military targets in the island of Guam in the Pacific, Kyodo cited Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera as saying. "We think it absolutely inadmissible", he stressed.

"Of course, the urgent task is to secure the military capabilities that enable us to counter the North Korean nuclear and missile provocations".

"I hope [the South Korean military] will complement the military response posture a little bit as soon as possible", Moon said, stressing the importance of what he called "self-reliant national defense".

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South Korea has said the bilateral talks will strictly discuss bilateral and humanitarian issues, such as easing the military tension between the divided Koreas along their demarcation line and holding reunions of families here separated since the end of the 1950-53 Korean War. "He understands only force", the command said.

"I think the president just wanted to be clear to the North Korean regime that the USA has an unquestionable ability to defend itself, will defend itself and its allies".

"Noting that military tension or an armed conflict on the Korean Peninsula will not benefit any country, the NSC standing committee chose to take all necessary steps to ease tension and maintain peace under close cooperation with the United States and other key nations based on the strong joint defense readiness of South Korean and US joint forces", Park told a press briefing.

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Joint Chiefs of Staff spokesman Roh Jae-cheon told a media briefing South Korea was prepared to act immediately against any North Korean provocation, although the military had not spotted any unusual action in the North indicating provocation. Hours later, North Korea said it was examining its operational plans for attacking Guam.

The advisor also called for the community to "remember that there are defenses in place for threats such as North Korea and to continue to remain prepared for all hazards".

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Korea to halt all provocations, says door for dialogue still open