China appoints new envoy for North Korea issue

Xi Dunford's Visit Shows Improvement in Military Relations

China appoints new envoy for North Korea issue

As the verbal confrontation grew between Trump and Kim, the North Korean central news agency released pictures that showed Kim inspecting the KPA Strategic Rocket Force's proposed plan, for launching ballistic missiles off the coast of Guam during on Monday. He told reporters that Pentagon leaders had a military solution for Pyongyang in place.

She said that China hopes that all parties concerned will accept China's "suspension for suspension" proposal which requires the DPRK to suspend its missile and nuclear activities in exchange for the suspension of large-scale military drills between the USA and the Republic of Korea (ROK). The discussions came after President Donald J. Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping pledged cooperation in April in Florida.

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff of the US Army Joseph Dunford met his Chinese counterpart Fang Fenghui on Tuesday and signed the framework for an agreement to build a new communication mechanism for their joint staff departments, the China Daily reported on Wednesday.

Dunford is visiting South Korea, Japan and China after a week in which Trump said he was ready to unleash "fire and fury" if North Korea continued to threaten the U.S. In a phone call with Trump on Saturday, Chinese President Xi said all sides should avoid rhetoric or action that would worsen tensions on the Korean Peninsula.

Gen. Dunford and Gen. Vincent Brooks, commander of U.S. Forces Korea, vowed Monday to press ahead with annual joint military drills with South Korea despite claims by the North that such exercises are a dress rehearsal for overthrowing Mr. Kim's regime.

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Moon, in a televised speech Tuesday on the anniversary of World War II's end and the Korean Peninsula's liberation from Japanese colonial rule, said Seoul and Washington agree that the nuclear standoff should "absolutely be solved peacefully". "I can confidently say there will not be a war again on the Korean Peninsula".

The top US military officer told his Chinese counterpart Tuesday that the USA and China have "many hard issues" to work through, during a visit that comes amid tensions over North Korea's missile program, Taiwan and China's claims in the South China Sea.

"We should also try to see areas to cooperate", Dunford said.

Issues involving North Korea are among the many points of contention between China and the US. Both Koreas and the United States have signalled in recent days, however, a willingness to avert a deepening crisis, with each suggesting a path toward negotiations.

Trump tweeted that Kim had "made a very wise and well reasoned decision", referring to North Korean official media saying the leader would not give an immediate order to launch multiple missiles toward Guam.

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Next week's start of annual US-South Korean military exercises that enrage the North each year could make diplomacy even more hard.

Dunford told reporters that he has advised the USA leadership not to dial back on the exercises with South Korea.

The military-to-military contacts between the United States and China are important because there will always be some friction between the two countries, Dunford said, adding that military contacts will lessen the chances of a miscalculation.

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