South Korea Warns Trump Only It Can Declare War On North

Tuesday, August 15, 2017
By Paul Martin

by Tyler Durden
Aug 15, 2017

A day after US Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Joseph Dunford promised him that the US would exhaust all diplomatic options, including another round of UN sanctions, before resorting to a “military solution” in its simmering conflict with North Korea, South Korean President Moon Jae-in reminded Washington during a forceful Tuesday speech that the US would need to seek, and receive, South Korea’s consent before risking another armed conflict on the Korean peninsula, signaling his country will no longer stay quiet as tensions escalate with its northern neighbor.

As Bloomberg summarizes, “Moon asserted the right to veto any military action against Kim Jong Un’s regime, saying that decision should be made by “ourselves and not by anyone else.” He vowed to prevent war at any cost – a statement that drew a sharp contrast with President Donald Trump, who has warned of “fire and fury” if North Korea continues to threaten the U.S.”

Some highlights from his speech:

“Without South Korea’s consent no one can determine military actions on the Korean peninsula”
South Korea govt will prevent war at any cost; “There will be no war repeated on the Korean peninsula”
South Korea will work closely with U.S. to overcome security threats posed by North Korea’s nuclear missiles
South Korea govt will “strengthen diplomatic efforts in order not to shake principles for a peaceful resolution”
Sanctions and talks should go together; “Sanctions are not to heighten military tensions but to bring North Korea to talks”

Moon’s speech coincided with the Korean independence-day holiday on Tuesday, which is celebrated in both the North and the South. The holiday commemorates the defeat of the Japanese during World War II. According to Yonhap news agency, Moon marked the occasion by visiting the graves of independence fighters. Meanwhile, Moon’s counterpart, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, “”celebrated by backing off his threat to launch a nuclear strike against Guam, a US territory in the Pacific Ocean that’s about 2,000 miles away from the Korean Peninsula – well within the range of the North’s missiles.

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