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South Korea office says reports Seoul 'warned' USA are 'excessive'

South Korea office says reports Seoul 'warned' USA are 'excessive'

The call came after Trump made fresh threats against North Korea on Friday, declaring the USA military "locked and loaded" and warning Kim that he "will regret it fast" if he takes any action against us territories or allies.

South Korean President Moon Jae In said Seoul and Washington agree that the crisis over the North's nuclear programme should "absolutely be solved peacefully", and that no U.S. military action on the Korean peninsula could be taken without Seoul's consent.

"This is very unusual.

Only the Republic of Korea can make the decision for military action on the Korean peninsula", the president said, while making no mention of the United States.

Still, the top envoys' meeting may deal with the recent spike in tensions between North Korea and United States over the former's missile and nuclear programme.

"I think that given their regularity and given their history they should not be seen in any way as a provocative exercise", Payne added, referring to the rising tension on the Korean peninsula and the recent exchange of threats between Kim Jong-un and US President Donald Trump.

Rudd, who has returned to the USA from a trip to China, said "the Chinese baseline conclusion" is Trump's threat of unilateral military action against North Korea was just "one huge bluff".

Kicking the threats made into higher gear the situation more unsafe, Amb.

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China has appointed a new special envoy for the North Korean issue, Assistant Foreign Minister Kong Xuanyou, its foreign ministry said on Monday, after his predecessor, Wu Dawei, reached retirement age.

"It is a chicken game, but I think what is needed right now is mutual restraint", he said. Facing what seems like a very real threat from the United States, who were outraged at the comments regarding firing missiles towards Guam and some harsh sanctions from its disgruntled ally China, Pyongyang has backtracked and indicated that it will closely watch the actions of the U.S. before deciding whether or not to fire any missiles at it.

These aren't the first disputes between the two allies.

State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert would not say whether the United States needed South Korean permission to launch an attack.

More important, Kim's apparent decision not to fire a missile salvo toward Guam does not alleviate the larger US concern: North Korea's surprising progress in developing a long-range missile powerful enough to reach California, although not yet with a nuclear warhead.

He will also visit China and Japan, during which the North will be "big topic of discussion", according to the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), which said on Sunday the trip to Asia was in line with the Trump administration's efforts to deter Pyongyang.

North Korea's Minju Joson newspaper said in an editorial Saturday that the North's army is "capable of fighting any war the US wants".

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