BERLIN-Germany on Wednesday vowed to do all it could to defuse tensions between the United States and North Korea, lauding China's role in pressuring North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to delay plans to fire missiles towards the USA territory of Guam.
"The people worked together to rebuild the country from the Korean War and we can not lose everything again because of a war", Moon said during a televised news conference to mark his first 100 days in office.
China is North Korea's main economic partner and political backer, although relations between the two countries have deteriorated amid the North's continuing defiance of Beijing's calls for restraint.
North Korea strongly condemns the exercises calling them preparations for "invasion".
The statement came after a heated exchange of threats with Washington earlier last week.
South Korean President Moon Jae-in said Thursday that he is convinced that the United States would refrain from any military actions on the Korean Peninsula without South Korea's consent, and even if Washington makes a decision to take military actions outside the peninsula, it would still consult with Seoul.
"As tensions run high between the US and North Korea, Moon has a good reason to tone them down amid fear of a war", Kim said.
His comments followed Mattis' threat that it would be "game on" if North Korea carried out with its threat to fire missiles towards the United States island territory of Guam.
Dunford was responding to questions about comments by Trump's chief strategist Steve Bannon, who was quoted in an interview with The American Prospect as saying "there's no military solution" to the North Korean problem. Moon wants to engage the North.
Mr Moon wants to engage with the North, but his efforts have so far been met with a string of threats and missile tests as Pyongyang works to build nuclear-armed missiles that can reach the United States mainland. "But we don't need to be impatient", he said.
Trump's administration has consistently said military action is on the table and the president has even suggested he's willing to take unilateral action against Pyongyang if it continues to threaten the United States.
"A resolution of the North Korea nuclear issue by military force is completely unacceptable and the peninsula's nuclear issue must be peacefully resolved by political and diplomatic methods", Mr Lavrov said.
Mr Trump's recent aggressive comments about deploying possible military options underscored his resolve to counter the threat from the North's nuclear weapons and missile programmes. 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.