South Korea Says US in Close Communications Over North
South Korean President Moon Jae-in says U.S. President Donald Trump has told him North Korea would not be attacked without South Korea’s approval.
Moon said, “The United States and President Trump have declared and promised that whatever military action they would like to take, they will fully discuss it with us and get our consent.“
“South Korea and the U.S. are in full communication and discussions,“ he added.
During a televised news conference, Moon also promised to prevent another military conflict on the Korean Peninsula. The event marked his first 100 days in office.
Moon has called for reducing tensions through talks and engagement. This has been different from the U.S. president’s efforts to put “maximum pressure“ on North Korea for its missile tests and nuclear program.
However, Moon said North Korea should stop the development of a fully operational Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM). Such a development, Moon said, would cross a “red line“ and raise the risk of military conflict.
Moon said “President Trump is trying to pressure North Korea by showing firm determination.“ But he said he considered economic pressure was the main way to persuade North Korea to take part in nuclear talks.