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Dunford Working On US-China Military Dialogue in Beijing

18 August 2017

Speaking to reporters after his meetings in Beijing and in Seoul, Dunford says that he believes that "the diplomatic and economic pressure campaign aimed at North Korea is making progress and the odds are improving that the nuclear and ballistic missile issues can be solved peacefully".

The US and China have no lack of "difficult issues" to work through: Taiwan, Korea, the East China Sea, the South China Sea, India and Pakistan, accusations of predatory monetary policies (currency manipulation on the part of China and quantitative easing on the part of the US), among other issues. -South Korean military exercises that enrage the North each year make it unclear, however, if diplomacy will prevail. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has developed atomic bombs and may be close to placing them upon intercontinental ballistic missiles that could target USA treaty allies South Korea and Japan as well as American targets in the Pacific, and, possibly, the homeland.

These communications are especially crucial now, as the region and the world are facing the dangers of a nuclear-armed North Korea, officials said.

The missile plans were previously announced.

"The people worked together to rebuild the country from the Korean War, and we can not lose everything again because of a war", Moon said in a nationally televised news conference.

Lobbing missiles toward Guam, a major US military hub in the Pacific, would be deeply provocative from the USA perspective.

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Kim's comments, however, with their conditional tone, seemed to hold out the possibility that friction could ease if the United States made some sort of gesture that Pyongyang considered a move to back away from previous "extremely risky reckless actions". "Official military talks with the United States will be a deterrence to North Korea". It also could refer to the B-1B bombers that the USA has occasionally flown over the Korean Peninsula as a show of force.

In a phone call with Trump on Saturday, Chinese President Xi said all sides should avoid rhetoric or action that would worsen tensions on the Korean Peninsula.

Gen. Fang Fenghui, chief of the Joint Staff Department of the People's Liberation Army and Dunford's host, said Dunford's visit was a key part of efforts to expand dialogue between the USA and China as agreed by Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping when they met earlier this year, reported Associated Press.

Moon said the North could create conditions for talks by stopping nuclear and missile tests.

The end state, of course, is a nuclear-free Korean Peninsula. "Regardless of whatever twist and turns we could experience, the North Korean nuclear program should absolutely be solved peacefully, and the (South Korean) government and the USA government don't have a different position on this".

Marine Corps General Joe Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, is visiting China to further military-to-military ties between the two Pacific powers, according to the US Department of Defence.

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Fang said Dunford's visit was a key part of efforts to expand dialogue between the US and China as agreed by President Donald Trump and his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, when they met earlier this year.

As North Korea threatened to attack Guam and tensions over Korean peninsula kept escalating, China and the United States decide to deepen military cooperation despite different opinions on multiple issues. The liquid-fuel missile is created to be fired from road mobile launchers and has been previously described by North Korea as built for attacking Alaska and Hawaii.

Pompeo said Kim responds to "adverse circumstances", suggesting that the North Korean leader will realize he doesn't want a military confrontation with Washington.

When it comes to the South China Sea, China and the US strongly disagree on territorial claims in the sea's global waterways.

North Korea is angry about new United Nations sanctions over its expanding nuclear weapons and missile program and the upcoming military drills between Washington and Seoul.

Gen Dunford was responding to questions about Mr Trump's chief strategist Steve Bannon saying in a new interview that the threat posed by North Korea can not be handled by force.

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Dunford Working On US-China Military Dialogue in Beijing