Top security advisors of S. Korea, US discuss Korean Peninsula issues

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Top security advisors of South Korea and the U.S. discussed over phone on Friday the Korean peninsula issue, the presidential Blue House said.

Chung Eui-yong, top security advisor to South Korean President Moon Jae-in, had a telephone conversation with his US counterpart H.R. McMaster for about 40 minutes earlier in the day, presidential spokesman Park Soo-hyun told a press briefing. ( ) The Blue House said the committee also chose to seek all measures to cooperate with the US and other key countries to alleviate those tensions and bring peace to the Peninsula, reiterating that neither military escalation nor an armed conflict will benefit anyone.

The spokesman did not elaborate on what would be the phased measures.

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Tension escalated in the region after Pyongyang tested intercontinental ballistic missiles, known as Hwasong-14, twice in July.

South Korea and the United States have agreed to discuss any actions on Pyongyang in advance as the latter is threatening to launch ballistic missiles at the USA territory of Guam, thus raising concerns that Washington may launch a pre-emptive strike without informing its regional allies, South Korean Presidential office spokesman Park Soo-hyun said Friday.

In a statement that was published by the state-run news agency in North Korea, Pyongyang said that Trump "released a pile of nonsense when he made his "fire and fury" threat" and accused the USA president of being "a senile who has failed to grasp the seriousness of the continuous situation".

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