North Korea slams next week's US-South Korea military exercises

South Korean President Moon Jae-in said on Thursday (Aug 17) that United States President Donald Trump has promised to seek Seoul's approval before pursuing any option against nuclear-armed North Korea.

North Korea's threat to fire into the sea near Guam had prompted Trump to say earlier that the us military was "locked and loaded" if North Korea acted unwisely.

Bannon also called for a tougher USA stance on trade with China, saying the two powers were in an "economic war".

"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. The event marked his first 100 days in office.

Moon has long wished to ease tensions on the peninsula through negotiations, and last month called for talks with North Korea.

Tillerson declined to comment on Bannon's statements but said pressure on North Korea was stronger than ever and included Pyongyang's ally, China.

"I would consider that North Korea is crossing a red line if it launches an intercontinental ballistic missile again and weaponises it by putting a nuclear warhead on top of the missile", Mr Moon said.

The sentiment was echoed by a spokesman for the Joint Region Marianas, who said in an email the military command "always maintains a high state of readiness and has the capabilities to counter any threat, so additional elevated measures were not required". "North Korea is nearing the red line", he added, speaking on Thursday. North Korea better not to threaten the United States. This prompted Kim to announce a plan to test fire four intermediate-range missiles into waters near Guam - a us territory in the Pacific that is home to American military bases.

Trump responded with a tweet, saying Kim had "made a very wise and well-reasoned decision". The island is 2,100 miles southeast of Pyongyang, closer to North Korea than it is to Hawaii, and lies some 8,000 miles away from Washington, D.C. The platform is created to track, intercept, and destroy short, medium, and long-range missiles before they can reach their target.

Pompeo's recast red line leaves an opportunity for the Trump administration to pump existing and prototype US missile defense programs with cash, claim their efficacy is sufficient to protect the USA homeland from a North Korean ICBM strike, and call it a day.

Annual military drills involving tens of thousands of US and South Korean troops are due to begin on Monday.

"A dialogue between South and North Korea must resume".

The chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, Marine Corps General Joseph Dunford, told reporters in Beijing that President Donald Trump directly has "told us to develop credible viable military options and that's exactly what we're doing".

But he says North Korea still has a ways to go.

On Monday, China announced it would place restrictions on North Korean imports following the U.N. Security Council measures. It also conducted two underground nuclear tests in 2016.

However, in the event that North Korea and the US conducted secret negotiations to reduce the scale of the UFG following North Korea's recent threats of missile strikes around Guam, it seems possible that the scale of the joint military exercise has decreased. Mario Ritter adapted it for VOA Learning English.

Brian Padden and Richard Green reported this story for VOA News.

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