South Korea President Promises No Second War with North
South Korean President Moon Jae-in says U.S. President Donald Trump has promised to seek Seoul's approval before taking any military action against North Korea over its nuclear and ballistic missile programs.
President Moon vowed on Wednesday to prevent another military conflict on the Korean Peninsula during a televised news conference marking his first 100 days in office, saying the nation had worked hard to rebuild after the 1950-53 civil war between North and South Korea. The war ended with a truce, so the two sides technically remain in a state of war.
Moon's comments came hours after his American counterpart posted on Twitter that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un made "a very wise and well reasoned decision" to postpone a plan to launch missiles toward the shores of the U.S. territory of Guam. "The alternative would have been both catastrophic and unacceptable!" Trump wrote.
The North Korean leader was quoted Tuesday in state media as saying he would for the moment call off the plan to fire four missiles over Japan into the waters near Guam, 3,400 kilometers to the south, to see "if the Yankees persist in their extremely dangerous, reckless actions."
Trump exchanged a series of belligerent remarks with Pyongyang after the United Nations Security Council passed a new round of sanctions against North Korea aimed at cutting a third of North Korea's export income, worth $1 billion annually, and following reports that the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency reached a conclusion last month that the North has successfully built a miniaturized nuclear warhead it could fit inside its missiles.
Kim has boasted that North Korea has the capability of striking the U.S. mainland with a missile, while Trump says the United States would answer any attack with "fire and fury like the world has never seen."
South Korea's Moon said Trump's combative rhetoric was not meant as a show of willingness to take military action, but intended instead to show a strong resolve to pressure the North.
The liberal-leaning Moon entered office in May on a promise to restore engagement with Pyongyang, including appointing a special envoy to the North, but his outreach has been rejected by the isolated regime. Moon said Thursday that he was willing to be patient with the North, but warned that it would be crossing a "red line" if it arms an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) with a nuclear warhead.
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这两位美国前总统援引美国开国先驱之一托马斯·杰弗逊的话说， “当我们为夏洛茨维尔市祈祷的同时，由该城市最显要的公民在独立宣言中记录下来的根本真理也提醒着我们：我们皆是生而平等，享有造物主赋予我们不可剥夺的权利。” “我们知道这些真理将恒远留长，因为我们已经看到了我们国家的正直和伟大。”
Trump Dissolves Business Advisory Councils After CEO Resignations Over Charlottesville Comments
U.S. President Donald Trump continues to face a barrage of criticism for his contention that both white supremacists and counter-protesters were to blame for the deadly violence that erupted last weekend in Charlottesville, Virginia.
On Wednesday, the president announced that he had dissolved two business advisory committees composed of top American corporate executives, after at least seven CEOs announced they were resigning from the councils because of his remarks.
Trump said that "rather than putting pressure on the businesspeople ... I am ending both. Thank you all!" A day ago, Trump had branded those quitting the panels as "grandstanders" and said they could be easily replaced with more corporate leaders.
In announcing her resignation from Trump's manufacturing jobs initiative before he disbanded it, Campbell's Soup CEO Denise Morrison said: "Racism and murder are unequivocally reprehensible and are not morally equivalent to anything else that happened in Charlottesville. I believe the president should have been - and still needs to be - unambiguous on that point."
U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson told reporters in Washington, D.C., that he condemns the "hate and violence" displayed on Saturday in Charlottesville, adding, "There is just simply no place for that in our public discourse."
U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, speaking at an event in Miami, Florida, said, "In no way can we accept [or] apologize for racism, bigotry, hatred, violence, and those kind of things that too often arise in our country."
Also Wednesday, two former U.S. presidents, George H.W. Bush and his son George W. Bush, the last two Republicans elected to the White House before Trump, said in a joint statement, "America must always reject racial bigotry, anti-Semitism, and hatred in all forms."
The two former presidents added, "As we pray for Charlottesville, we are reminded of the fundamental truths recorded by that city’s most prominent citizen in the Declaration of Independence: we are all created equal and endowed by our Creator with unalienable rights," a reference to Thomas Jefferson, one of the country's Founding Fathers. "We know these truths to be everlasting because we have seen the decency and greatness of our country."
President Trump's remarks have been roundly criticized by a broad range of U.S. leaders, including top Republican party officials and business executives. U.S. military commanders spoke out against racism following the death in Charlottesville.
Trump announced Wednesday he will hold a campaign rally next week in Phoenix, Arizona, but the city's mayor said that while the president has the right to stage the event, he hopes Trump will delay the visit.
"I am disappointed that President Trump has chosen to hold a campaign rally as our nation is still healing from the tragic events in Charlottesville," Mayor Greg Stanton said. "If President Trump is coming to Phoenix to announce a pardon for former Sheriff Joe Arpaio, then it will be clear that his true intent is to enflame emotions and further divide our nation."
Arpaio was convicted last month in a federal court for disobeying a judge's order to stop traffic patrols that targeted immigrants. Trump said in an interview this week he was considering pardoning Arpaio, who was one of the speakers at last year's Republican National Convention where the now-president accepted the party's nomination for the November election.