Xi calls for enhanced China, US military ties

Citizens worried, but Seoul mum on Trump's N. Korea threat

The ambassador said that the basics refer to respecting each other's key interests and desires, seeking to advance friendly relations further, working together to secure peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula, and jointly contributing to global peace and prosperity.

And they warned that the United States has the means to respond to any aggression initiated by North Korea. "I can confidently say there will not be a war again on the Korean Peninsula". But fears of conflict remain as the US and South Korea next week begin military drills that the North views as preparation for invasion, and as Washington seeks to stop the North's progress toward having a nuclear-tipped missile that could strike the continental United States.

During his visit to China, the United States' Marine Corps General Joe Dunford, who is also the Joint Chief of Staff has signed a joint strategic dialogue mechanism agreement with his Chinese counterpart General Fang Fenghui.

Secretary Mattis reaffirmed the ironclad USA commitment to defend the ROK and emphasized the military's role in providing extended deterrence.

The South Korean leader also said North Korea's development of nuclear weapons technology was "nearing" a red line, which he described as "completing an ICBM and weaponizing it with a nuclear head". The North earlier said that it is considering a missile exercise around the US-controlled island of Guam.

"Before the 19th (Party) Congress, China fears more of its border instability than a nuclear-armed (North Korea)".

"If North Korea launches another provocation, it will face even stronger sanctions and it will not be able to survive them. I would like to warn North Korea to end its risky gamble". Yet, Moon must equally acknowledge that North Korea's behavior since he was elected in South Korea isn't leading to a reduction of tensions.

Last week it threatened to fire a salvo of rockets towards the USA territory of Guam - although it appears to have backed off for now - inspiring Trump to warn that Washington's weapons were "locked and loaded". USA military action, he said, requires Seoul's consent.

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The comments come as the crisis on the peninsula appears to be cooling.

"Both assured me that the people of Guam are safe", Calvo wrote on Facebook.

Sen. Lindsey Graham of SC, a Republican, told NBC News that Trump told him that "if thousands die, they're going to die over there". The South, where over 28,000 USA troops are now stationed, has its own stance on the crisis.

In the meantime, Moon will abide by Trump's economic and diplomatic approach toward Pyongyang.

"We are very much confused".

I think we have to be honest.

North Korea would be "crossing a red line" if it put a nuclear warhead on an intercontinental ballistic missile, South Korea's president said on Thursday, but the United States had promised to seek Seoul's approval before taking any military action.

"The goal of enhanced sanctions and pressure against the North is not to heighten military tensions but to bring it back to the negotiating table", Moon said.

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