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United States war games with S. Korea to go ahead

18 August 2017

The general direction of Sino-U.S. relations not only concerns the fundamental interests of the two nations and their people, but also profoundly affects the overall worldwide strategic situation, he said.

South Korea's military said Friday that Seoul and Washington will stage joint military drills starting next week at a similar level to those past year, despite North Korea's warning of a "catastrophe" over the exercises.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in Thursday said he has received assurances from U.S. President Donald Trump that Washington would not launch any attack against North Korea without Seoul's approval. "I want all South Koreans to believe with confidence that there will be no war." .

Chinese President Xi Jinping (R) meets with visiting Chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff Joseph Dunford at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, capital of China, Aug. 17, 2017. How committed the Trump administration is to this apparent agreement is unclear, however, given conflicting statements from government officials.

Xi noted that a prosperous United States will benefit China, while a growing China is also in the interests of the United States.

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Pyongyang said Monday it had finalized a plan to fire four missiles less than 40 kilometers off Guam but that its leader Kim Jong-un would wait to assess the US' next move before giving launch orders.

North Korea responded that it was ready to aim a missile at the American territory Guam, but it has since suspended the operation.

Although the United States and South Korean militaries would respond quickly, the initial volleys could cause significant damage and panic. Moon has also been forced to swallow his qualms about the U.S. Terminal High Altitude Area Defense anti-missile system and opt for a full-fledged deployment.

"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 during a televised news conference to mark his first 100 days in office.

Moon said "President Trump is trying to pressure North Korea by showing firm determination".

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South Korean President Moon Jae-in said his country will prevent war at all cost.

It has long sought to develop a nuclear-tipped missile capable of hitting the USA mainland.

"If the conditions are met, and if it is deemed to be helpful in improving inter-Korean relations and resolving the North Korean nuclear issue, then sending a special envoy could be considered". But, he added, "what's unimaginable is allowing [Kim] to develop ballistic missiles with a nuclear warhead that can threaten the United States and continue to threaten the region". Trump tweeted on Wednesday.

North Korea strongly condemns the exercises calling them preparations for "invasion".

Dunford said Thursday that a peaceful resolution to North Korea tensions was still preferred, but that nobody thinks economic pressure will be enough to force Pyongyang to back down.

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United States war games with S. Korea to go ahead