United States ready for 'decisive' action against NK, but focusing on diplomacy: Dunford

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Trump has sought to pressure China to do more by linking action on North Korea to better trade terms.

"The bigger danger or focus should be ensuring that North Korea doesn't use those capabilities", Bush told VOA. The ban will take effect from Tuesday, China's Ministry of Commerce announced.

According to the U.S Department of Defense, The general will visit South Korea, China, and Japan to reassure allies and improve military-to-military ties.

He said the U.S. was "locked and loaded" after the North threatened to target the United States territory of Guam with missile tests. The Washington Post was not permitted to attend an "invited press event" that Dunford held after the meeting and no transcript was provided.

Trump last week warned North Korea that it would face "fire and fury" if it tried to attack the United States or its allies.

Pompeo said "there's nothing imminent today", in response to a question about how anxious should people be over the escalating tensions.

Terence Roehrig, a national security affairs professor at the US Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island, said Trump's posture suggested he was trying to dissuade Kim from further provocations rather than setting the stage for a US military strike.

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"Even as we develop those options, we are mindful of the consequences of executing those options, and that makes us have more of a sense of urgency to make sure that we're doing everything we absolutely can to support Secretary Tillerson's current path", the general continued.

South Korean news outlets have cited officials as saying the North could be preparing for another intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) test launch.

Dunford later met for almost an hour at the presidential Blue House in Seoul with President Moon Jae-in, who was completing his first 100 days in office.

"We can not have a war on the Korean peninsula ever again", he said.

'By trying to incriminate Beijing as an accomplice in (North Korea's) nuclear adventure and blame it for a failure that is essentially a failure of all stakeholders, Trump risks making the serious mistake of splitting up the worldwide coalition that is the means to resolve the issue peacefully, ' it said.

However, Pyongyang maintained its tough rhetoric against the South and the U.S. on Monday, accusing Washington of mobilizing a large number of troops and weapons for annual military drills set to take place with South Korea later this month. The regime in Pyongyang always strongly objects to the drills, viewing them as a pretext for war.

"Based on projective capacity that North Korea possesses today, we can protect the peninsula, the Koreans here in the peninsula, the Americans here in the peninsula, we can protect Guam, we can protect Hawaii and we can protect the continent of the United States", he said.

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