"North Korea has provided no indication whatsoever that it is interested in denuclearization", noted Bruce Klingner, the CIA's former deputy division chief for South Korea.
The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff says he's aiming to further develop a working relationship with his counterpart in China in order to lessen the risk of miscalculation on the Korean Peninsula as tensions rise between the US and North Korea.
The North in turn threatened to test-fire its missiles towards the US Pacific island of Guam. This would be a deeply provocative act from the US perspective, and there has been widespread debate about whether Washington would try to shoot the missiles down if they're fired.
"The military dimension today is directly in support of that diplomatic and economic effort", Dunford said after meeting with South Korean President Moon Jae-in in Seoul.
In a phone call Friday, Chung Eui-yong, the head of South Korea's Presidential National Security Office, and U.S. National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster "reaffirmed their promise to closely and transparently co-operate on the steps to be taken", said Park Soo-hyun, a spokesman for Seoul's presidential office.
"Our government will put everything on the line to prevent another war on the Korean Peninsula", Moon.
Moon apparently sought to calm the U.S. down, saying the Korea-U.S. alliance was aimed at defending peace.
The United Nations' latest resolution targets North Korea's primary exports of coal, iron, lead, lead and seafood, as well as banks and joint ventures with foreign companies.
The North accused the United States of mobilizing a huge number of weapons and troops for annual military drills with South Korea that begin later this month. (.) (STAND UP) Emphasizing the past 100 years since the foundation of modern Korea, referring to the establishment of the Provisional Government of Korea in Shanghai in 1919, President Moon also encouraged Koreans to prepare for the next century to come, transcending conservative, liberal, or factional political views. "They want to have direct talks with the United States", said Moon, who also holds the post of distinguished professor at Yonsei University in Seoul.
The commentary said that about 3.5 million young students and workers have volunteered to join or rejoin the army because of a possible confrontation with the United States.
"At this point, there's little South Korea can do but. communications with the United States and China, and we're doing a good job at that", said Lee, Moon's former adviser.
Gen Dunford said as he arrived in Seoul: "As a military leader, I have to make sure that the president does have viable military options in the event that the diplomatic and economic pressurisation campaign fails".
"We're all looking to get out of this situation without a war", Dunford said. But the war of words between Washington and Pyongyang has raised fears of a sudden clash along the world's most militarised border dividing the two Koreas, which might quickly escalate to all-out war.
But the newspaper enunciates a basis for China to ignore its obligations under a mutual defence treaty, signed in 1961, that pledges it to "immediately render military and other assistance by all means at its disposal" if North Korea comes under armed attack. The trade of Chinese goods underpins its neighbour's economic survival, while decades of political support from Beijing have provided Pyongyang with vital cover in worldwide affairs.
Trump's recent threats followed a report that US intelligence indicates North Korea can now put a nuclear warhead on its long-range missiles.