Seoul looks to jumpstart diplomacy in N. Korea standoff

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Also in his speech, Moon said that South Korea should play a leading role in the nuclear issue in the peninsula.

In Seoul, South Korean President Moon Jae-in said he would consider sending a special envoy to North Korea for talks if the North stops its missile and nuclear tests, in an effort to jumpstart diplomacy. A red line usually refers to a threshold that "must not be crossed" or a situation where crossing such a threshold "will not be tolerated".

He also declared, amid fears in South Korea that threats from Trump to unleash "fire and fury" on Pyongyang could lead to real fighting, that there would be no second war on the Korean Peninsula.

Even in light of the recent high tensions and brinkmanship between the United States and North Korea, the "double-freeze", or the idea often floated by China and North Korea whereby the USA stops military exercises and limits or eliminates its presence in North Korea in exchange for denuclearization, won't budge. This is enough to bring at least the west coast of the USA within range. This prompted Kim to announce a plan to test fire four intermediate-range missiles into waters near Guam - a USA territory in the Pacific that is home to American military bases. Alongside the North Korean threat to the United States, the possibility of a pre-emptive or retaliatory strike by the U.S. has made the security situation on the Korean Peninsula more precarious.

The liberal leader has been largely sidelined in recent weeks as Trump and the North engaged in a war of words.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in speaks during a press conference at Cheong Wa Dae (Blue House) in Seoul, South Korea, on Thursday, to mark the 100th day since his inauguration in early May.

To develop a nuclear-tipped ICBM, North Korea still has to overcome the challenges of miniaturizing a warhead and developing re-entry technology.

"Germany has an embassy in Pyongyang and there is a North Korean embassy in Berlin". However, many experts have pointed out that this is only a matter of time since the regime continues to pour funding into its nuclear and missile programs.

He also commented that "the U.S. sought to put maximum pressure and sanctions through the latest UN Security Council resolution", while at the same time it is "seeking unilateral measures".

Moon has repeatedly stressed that he is open to dialogue with North Korea, if conditions are met and North Korea temporarily halts its nuclear program.

The annual Ulchi Freedom Guardian exercises, which will start on August 21, would "further drive the situation on the Korean Peninsula into a catastrophe", according to a brief statement released by the North Korean state agency KCNA. "The United States and President Donald Trump too have agreed to discuss any options it may take [against North Korea] with South Korea regardless of what kind of options it takes", the president said. The talks focused on North Korea and other regional security issues.

Though the Xi government has expressed its resolve to recover bilateral relations since Moon took office in May, its economic retaliation and diplomatic pushback have shown few signs of abating.

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