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Why North Korea, US don't want all-out war

Why North Korea, US don't want all-out war

North Korea has reportedly approached both South Korea's new president, and China's foreign ministry on making a proposed deal, in which North Korea would agree to a temporary freeze of all nuclear and conventional missile tests, in return for the USA reducing its military footprint on the Korean Peninsula.

The country has tested a rocket engine which could be used on a ballistic missile capable of reaching the US.

Anchor: North Korea has reportedly conducted another rocket engine test on Wednesday.

It also conducted two nuclear tests past year as it pursues development of a long-range nuclear missile that could reach the USA mainland. Before that, US Forces Korea had attempted to deliver the fuel by truck, but had been blocked by local residents.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in watched his military test-fire a ballistic missile on Friday, after a string of North Korean missile tests were blamed for raising tensions on the Korean Peninsula.

The North's missile tests present a hard challenge to Moon, a liberal who took office in May and has expressed a desire to reach out to Pyongyang.

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If the latest engine is an improvement on the previous one, the North may have moved a step closer to developing a long-range ballistic missile.

There have been reports that North Korea has been bracing for a preemptive U.S. missile strike similar to the missile strike on the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in response to the April 4 attack with chemical weapons. Friday's test fire marked the fourth of its kind.

Ambassador Kye Chun-yong said North Korea was willing to discuss a possible freezing of its nuclear and missile tests under certain circumstances.

The US has also ramped up its military presence in the region, conducting drills with Japan as well as South Korea, and is installing a controversial missile defence system in Seoul, known as Terminal High-Altitude Area Defence system (Thaad).

He described as "personal views" his adviser's recent remarks in Washington that South Korea and the United States may consider scaling back their joint military exercises in exchange for North Korea freezing its nuclear and missile development programs. Moon's decision to reveal the details to the foreign media ahead of the South Korea-US summit was seen as meant to stress that the environmental impact assessment he ordered for the THAAD site was an unavoidable measure to guarantee the deployment's procedural legitimacy and transparency.

It's unclear whether the tweet was setting up a change in how the United States deals with North Korea.

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