US says still interested in dialogue with NKorea


US says still interested in dialogue with NKorea

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres says tensions on the Korean peninsula are at their highest level in decades and it's important "to dial down the rhetoric and to dial up diplomacy".

The ministry quoted Lavrov as saying tensions could rise again with the US and South Korea set to start large military exercises on August 21. State media reported that leader Kim Jong Un was watching US moves before deciding to order the test.

"I urge the North Korean authorities".

The Trump administration has rejected that appeal in the past, and the Pentagon gave no indication Tuesday that it was changing its plans even as Secretary of State Rex Tillerson insisted he was looking for a way to restart negotiations.

In an August 7 phone conversation, South Korean President Moon Jae-in asked his USA counterpart, President Donald Trump, to revise the guidelines and allow for the development of payloads of up to 1,000 kilograms (2,200 pounds).

Moon said he believes dialogue with North Korea can happen when North Korea halts missile and nuclear tests.

Joseph Dunford in a series of meetings with senior South Korean military and political officials and the local media appeared to be an attempt to ease anxiety about tit-for-tat threats between President Donald Trump and North Korea while also showing a willingness to back up Trump's warnings if need be.

Pyongyang says it needs nuclear weapons to defend itself from possible invasion by its "imperialist enemy" the U.S. and has long sought to develop a nuclear-tipped missile capable of hitting the United States mainland.

The United States should move some of its nuclear weapons arsenal to South Korea in a bid to deter the increasingly threatening North, the main opposition party in Seoul said earlier today.

Moon also said he would consider sending an envoy to North Korea in comments Thursday that appeared to be another effort to jumpstart a diplomatic solution to the crisis.

When North Korean leader Kim delayed his Guam missile plan, he warned the U.S. to end its "arrogant provocations" and referred to what he called "huge nuclear strategic equipment" being brought to the region.

"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. He is seeing through the strategic rivalry between the United States and China and exploits it to adjust the speed of nuclear and missile tests.

"The urgent task is to slam the brakes on the mutually provocative words and actions between North Korea and the United States", the Chinese statement said.

Abe told reporters in Tokyo that the two leaders "frankly exchanged opinions on the current North Korean situation", saying he appreciated Trump's "commitment to the safety of its allies".

Trump said nothing about North Korea during a raucous 25-minute exchange with reporters at Trump Tower in NY.

Earlier on Tuesday, North Korea said it would keep fire-ready regarding its Guam plans while watching the actions of the United States for a while longer.