This is the first time that the South Korean President has clarified on this matter. North Korea will now know there’s no turning back the clock if it were to continue doing its Don Quixote act.
On Thursday, South Korea’s President Moon Jae-in said at a news conference that North Korea would be “crossing a red line” if it were to place a nuclear warhead on an intercontinental ballistic missile.
“I would consider that North Korea is crossing a red line if it launches an intercontinental ballistic missile again and weaponizes it by putting a nuclear warhead on top of the missile,” said South Korean President Moon Jae-in said at a news conference marking his first 100 days in office.
Although Moon has repeatedly warned North Korea not to “cross the red line” this is the first time he has elaborated on what would constitute crossing the red line.
The United States has warned North Korea that it is ready to use all options in front of it, including military, to stop the rogue nation’s ballistic missile and nuclear programs. However, it is giving diplomacy its due time.
Steve Bannon, the chief strategist at the White House has however said there was “no military solution” to North Korea’s nuclear threats because of Pyongyang’s massed artillery targeting the South Korean capital.
“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,” said Bannon to The American Prospect.
China, North Korea’s ally and an active trading partner, has been dragging its feet in urging Pyongyang to halt its weapons program. While actively funding the dictatorial regime, China has also tried to play mediaor by urging the U.S. and South Korea to stop military drills in order to lower tensions.
As per Bannon he is pushing the U.S. administration to take a closer look on China’s trade policies and practices.
“To me, the economic war with China is everything. And we have to be maniacally focused on that,” said Bannon to The American Prospect.
North Korea’s state controlled media said its Supreme Leader Kim has postponed his decision to fire four missiles towards Guam and will wait and watch what the United States for his next move.
“Kim Jong Un of North Korea made a very wise and well reasoned decision,” tweed Trump on Wednesday. “The alternative would have been both catastrophic and unacceptable!”