Saturday evening’s Asahi wrote that Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Dunford will visit South Korea and hold talks with President Moon on Monday, predicting that the two officials will exchange views on the rising tension over North Korea. The daily added that the U.S. military leader’s trip to Seoul was not arranged in response to North Korea’s alleged plan to launch a missile attack on Guam.
NHK reported this morning that Gen. Dunford will also visit Japan and China this week in order to discuss North Korea. In Japan, he is expected to meet with Adm. Kawano, SDF Chief of Staff, Joint Staff. Gen. Dunford reportedly said that the purpose of his visit is to “exchange views on the situation in Japan, South Korea, and other nations in light of the situation in North Korea.” The network said U.S. media reported that Gen. Dunford is also expected to discuss military options against the North in the event that diplomatic efforts fail. The network said President Trump has been keeping North Korea in check and repeatedly saying that all options are on the table, quoting him as saying: “If anything happens to Guam, there’s going to be big trouble in North Korea.” The network added that attention will be focused on Gen. Dunford’s meetings in Asia.