USA has been conducting back-channel talks with North Korea for months

Lester Mason
August 19, 2017

The exercise began hours after Japan's defense minister said the Japanese military could shoot down North Korean intercontinental ballistic missiles before they reach the US territory of Guam.

China has consistently called for careful dialogue and negotiation to defuse the nuclear standoff between North Korea and the United States.

A White House statement said the U.S. and China agreed North Korea must stop "provocative and escalatory behaviour". It also said that the two "reiterated their mutual commitment to denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula". Almost two weeks after the launch, he tweeted, without mentioning the missile test: "North Korea is behaving very badly". That includes a comment from U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis that North Korea must stop any action that would "lead to the end of its regime and the destruction of its people".

The U.S. State Department did not comment on the AP report.

Whether or not North Korea follows through with its threat, which is really just an announcement of the intention to create a plan to present to Kim, it has already dealt a severe blow to the US's credibility. She says she would like see the president's tough talk dial down.

French President Emmanuel Macron has called on all sides in the North Korean nuclear crisis to act responsibly "to prevent any escalation of tensions" after a days-long war of words between Washington and Pyongyang. Trump, responding to a report that USA intelligence indicates Pyongyang can now put a nuclear warhead on its long-range missiles, vowed to rain down "fire and fury" if challenged.

A recent USA intelligence analysis found North Korea has reached a significant milestone in its aspiration to be capable of having an intercontinental ballistic missile that can reach the US mainland.

If there is one thing that bothers the North Korean leadership more than anything, it is the annual combined U.S.

Asked if the USA was going to war, he said cryptically, "I think you know the answer to that".

Life on the streets of the North Korean capital, Pyongyang, also remained calm.

Calling it "the responsibility of all", Macron called on the worldwide community to "act in a concerted, firm and effective manner, as it has just done in the (U.N.) Security Council, to bring North Korea back to the path of dialogue".

Called Ulchi-Freedom Guardian, the exercises are expected to run August 21-31 and involve tens of thousands of American and South Korean troops on the ground and in the sea and air.

President Donald Trump is seeking continued help from China's president in addressing the threat posed by North Korea's nuclear developments.

Trump tweeted: "Military solutions are now fully in place, locked and loaded, should North Korea act unwisely".

"Let's see what he does with Guam", Trump said of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un from his golf club in Bedminster, N.J.

Guam, an unincorporated US territory, is a strategic outpost about 2,100 miles (3,400 kilometers) south-east of Pyongyang.

The older generation in Beijing point out that U.S. has a history of destruction on the Korean Peninsula.

Trump also brushed away calls for caution from other world leaders, including Germany's Angela Merkel. "If he came here, I'd accept him, but I wouldn't give him a state dinner like we do for China and all these other people that rip us off when we give them these big state dinners", Trump said in June 2016.

"President Trump's inflammatory rhetoric undermines our global credibility and is unlikely to de-escalate the situation", he said in a statement Wednesday.

Calvo, in response, said he has "never felt more safe or more confident" than with Mr. Trump at the helm.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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