North Korea media grade South korea's Moon a 'fail'

Third Republic of Korea Soldiers complete a successful test of communicating over their Single Channel Ground and Airborne Radio Systems over encrypted channels during Ulchi Freedom Guardian at Yongin South Korea Aug. 20 2015

Staff Sgt. Steven Schneider U.S. Army

North Korea has warned the United States will be "pouring gasoline on the fire" by conducting a war game with its long-time southern foe.

Admiral Harry Harris was in South Korea to observe annual joint military drills with the South Korean military, which the North called a step towards nuclear conflict masterminded by the US and South Korean "war maniacs". North Korea has already launched eleven ballistic missile tests so far in 2017.

But for now, North Korea's threat is too imminent.

The South Korean president also stressed the importance of China's role in bringing North Korea back to negotiations.

"Not long after the Australian prime minister had stated that they would join in the aggressive moves of the US, even referring to ANZUS which exists in name only, the Australian military announced that they would dispatch their troops to the aggressive nuclear exercises of the USA", the statement said.

The all-powerful North Korean leader Kim Jong Un certainly is.

North Korea said today that the military drills of United States and South Korea are a reckless move and it could trigger a full-scale nuclear war. Talking about stopping joint military exercises and pulling US troops out is highly risky.

"The joint military exercises Ulchi Freedom Guardian will return to throw oil on the fire and aggravate the situation on the peninsula".

But, he added, "what's unimaginable is allowing KJU (North Korean leader Kim Jong Un) to develop ballistic missiles with a nuclear warhead that can threaten the United States and continue to threaten the region".

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His comments Thursday at a nationally televised news conference appeared to be another effort to jumpstart a diplomatic solution to a confrontation sparked North Korea's warning that it might send missiles into waters near the US territory of Guam, and President Donald Trump's belligerent Twitter threats to unleash "fire and fury" on the North.

Moon's remark came as the forces of the two allies kicked off the UFG exercise, which will run through August 31, mobilizing around 50,000 troops from the South Korean side and 17,500 US troops, including 3,000 overseas reinforcements. -South Korea military exercises now underway.

"By going into South Korea with these additional troops - it is 17,500 in total - the USA side is clearly provoking a situation, which only just very recently, as recently as of last week, was de-escalated", Adam Garrie, managing editor of theduran.com told Press TV in an interview on Monday.

The exercises are viewed by nuclear-armed Pyongyang as a provocative rehearsal for invasion, and it always meets them with threats of strong military counteraction.

Both US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Secretary of Defense James Mattis said last week that the US was keeping military options on the table in dealing with North Korea. Amid recent concerns about a military conflict between the U.S. and North Korea following North Korea's threat to launch an "enveloping strike" on Guam, Moon has categorically stated that there will be no war.

Harris has been joined by U.S. Air Force Gen. John Hyten, commander of the U.S. Strategic Command, while Samuel Greaves, director of the U.S. Missile Defense Agency, is also expected to visit South Korea later this week.

The foreign minister stressed that "it is important to deter North Korea from its continued provocative statements and actions" and called on Russian Federation and China to play a bigger role, including in what concerns the implementation of the United Nations Security Council resolutions.

The Australians are working in the command-and-control post during the exercise which started on Monday and involves more than 17,000 American troops along with small contingents from Britain, Canada, Colombia, Denmark, New Zealand and the Netherlands.

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