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Top US general to meet Moon Jae In amid tensions

Top US general to meet Moon Jae In amid tensions

Dunford will reportedly visit China after his trip to Seoul.

CIA Director Mike Pompeo and Army Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster, President Trump's national security adviser, tried to provide assurances that a conflict is avoidable, while also supporting Trump's tough talk.

But he stressed that the pursuing "a very determined diplomatic effort" led by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson that's coupled with new financial sanctions to dissuade North Korean leader Kim Jong Un from further provocations.

In response to Pyongyang's threat, US President Donald Trump ratcheted up his warnings against the regime, saying a military option is "locked and loaded".

The chairman of the United States Joint Chief of Staff will visit South Korea to check the South Korea-U.S. combined defense posture. He said the USA has a "pretty good idea" of North Korea's intentions, but Pompeo declined to provide specifics.

The top United States general arrived in South Korea on Sunday for a two-day visit aimed at enhancing bilateral security cooperation, amid heightened tensions after North Korea threatened to create "enveloping fire" in waters near Guam.

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Seoul had recently tested the missile shield successfully amid tests carried out by North Korea. Should those talks occur, they would be the first military-to-military dialogue in three years.

Trump has continued to take an aggressive tone on North Korea. In a call with Trump on Saturday in Asia, Chinese President Xi Jinping called for all sides to maintain restraint and avoid inflammatory comments.

North Korea responded to those remarks by raising the possibility of a strike near the USA territory of Guam. On Friday, Trump said that if Kim makes any "overt threat" or strike at a USA territory or ally "he will truly regret it and he will regret it fast". After his two-day stay, he's to visit China and Japan to urge Beijing to do more to pressure North Korea.

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

"The president's rhetoric could be aimed at China, but largely it is aimed at North Korea, trying to deter", Roehrig said.

Following Trump's vow to unleash "fire and fury" on North Korea, Kim's regime threatened to fire four Hwasong-12 missiles over Japan into waters near Guam, home to USA military bases in the region.