Moon says USA will not take military option against N

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General Joseph Dunford (front L), chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, and his Chinese counterpart General Fang Fenghui, chief of the general staff of the Chinese People's Liberation Army, attend a signing ceremony in Beijing on August 15, 2017.

China is North Korea's closest ally but it supported United Nations sanctions against the regime.

Dan Wang, China analyst at The Economist's Intelligence Unit, told CNN that Beijing was afraid of "unilateral military action from the US" against North Korea.

Tensions eased on the peninsula after U.S. President Donald Trump said on his Twitter account that top DPRK leader Kim Jong Un made a "wise and well reasoned" decision not to fire missiles towards the U.S. island of Guam.

"We expect North Korea could positively respond to our proposals for military and Red Cross talks where the two Koreas could frankly discuss issues of mutual interests", said an official from Seoul's ministry responsible for reunification of the Koreas, as quoted by state news agency Yonhap.

"The Chinese military is willing to make efforts with the US side to strengthen strategic communication, increase strategic mutual trust, deepen practical cooperation, appropriately handle problems and disputes and effectively manage and control risks", the ministry cited Fang as saying.

Another American, college student Otto Warmbier, was released in June in a coma and died shortly after his arrival in the United States. Some market watchers expressed worries that a prolonged crisis over North Korea's weapons program could put a damper on South Korea's growth momentum.

"China and the United States both have responsibility in maintaining regional peace in Asia", Senior Colonel Zhou Bo, a security expert, said.

During the meeting, Fang said that President Xi Jinping and Trump valued the friendly development of the two militaries and developed the blueprint and direction for its development.

"Until somebody solves the part of the equation that shows me that 10 million people in Seoul don't die in the first 30 minutes from conventional weapons, I don't know what you're talking about, there's no military solution here, they got us".

But as tensions have mounted between the United States and North Korea, the Chinese regime's anger has diminished in importance next to South Korea's physical security.

The war of words has sparked global alarm, with world leaders including Chinese President Xi Jinping urging calm on both sides.

On Monday, the United States staged joint military exercises with Japan and would also hold similar exercises with the Republic of Korea in the region next week, which may antagonize the DPRK and undermine regional peace. If the North were to react to the joint exercises between South Korea and the United States in a similar way, the violence could spiral out of control.

With tension high, two leading USA national security officials suggested on August 13 that a military confrontation with North Korea is not imminent but that the possibility of war still looms.

Speaking on the Fox News Sunday program, CIA Director Mike Pompeo said that "there's nothing imminent today" but that it was important to make clear to North Korea that USA patience has worn out.

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