04 August 2017

News Story: Moon's security adviser dismisses possibility of war

SEOUL, Aug. 3 (Yonhap) -- President Moon Jae-in's top security adviser on Thursday dismissed the possibility of war on the Korean Peninsula, amid reports about U.S. President Donald Trump's mention of a potential armed conflict with an increasingly belligerent North Korea.

"Even the United States does not appear to see (war possibilities)," Chung Eui-yong, the chief of the National Security Office, was quoted by a ruling party spokesman as saying.

Chung made the remarks during his talks with Woo Won-shik, the floor leader of the Democratic Party, where he explained a set of measures Seoul has taken in response to the North's test last Friday of a long-range ballistic missile, the second in less than a month.

Earlier this week, U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham told NBC that Trump cited the possibility of engaging in war with the hermit state if Pyongyang continues to target the U.S. mainland with its evolving missile program.

Talk of war has also been fueled by the North's menacing rhetoric against Seoul and Washington that are gearing up to stage their annual join military exercise later this month. Pyongyang has long denounced the exercise as a "rehearsal for a northward invasion."

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