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. Steve Bannon, the White House's chief strategist, told The American Prospect that there was no military solution to Pyongyang's nuclear threat.
Beijing renewed its protest after Seoul made a decision to install four Thaad launchers, which had been initially deferred due to an environmental review, in response to Pyongyang's latest test of an intercontinental ballistic missile last month.
"South Korea and the USA are in full communication and discussions", he added. Mr Moon stated during the conference that he will prevent war in the Korean Peninsula at all costs. "But we don't need to be impatient", he said. Asked about potential unilateral US action, he said "that's purely speculative and a decision to do that would be by the president".
"The most important task at hand is for the USA and North Korea to "hit the brakes" on their mutual needling of each other with words and actions, to lower the temperature of the tense situation and prevent the emergence of an 'August crisis, '" Wang was quoted as saying in the Tuesday conversation.
It is the first time that North Korea has held Moon personally responsible for his handling of the North-South relations since he came to power about 100 days ago, Xinhua news agency reported.
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The South Korean leader also said North Korea's development of nuclear weapons technology was "nearing" a red line, which he described as "completing an ICBM and weaponizing it with a nuclear head".
Tensions around Pyongyang's missile program have flared up in the recent weeks, following the adoption of the UN Security Council sanctions (UNSC Resolution 2371), which led to North Korea trading threats and warnings with the United States. "The U.S. and President Trump promised no matter what options they use, they will sufficiently consult with South Korea and get consent". Moon said he thinks Trump's belligerent words are meant to show a strong resolve for pressuring the North and don't necessarily display the willingness for military strikes.
In June, China initiated a road map for the settlement of North Korean crisis, a so-called double freeze plan, which outlines a scenario where there is simultaneous cessation of North Korea's nuclear activity and US-South Korean military exercises. He urged the North to halt its efforts to develop a nuclear-tipped weapon that could reach the USA mainland.
"If it is necessary, I will fly immediately to Washington and also visit Beijing and Tokyo", he said.