Military Options Against North Korea 'Overwhelming'

Military Options Against North Korea 'Overwhelming'

Earlier this week, the UN Security Council agreed to tighten sanctions on North Korea, banning its textile exports and capping fuel supplies.

Tillerson noted that China, which supplies North Korea with most of its oil, and Russian Federation, as the largest employer of North Korean forced labor, have a unique responsibility in the diplomatic situation.

Trump was spending the weekend at his golf club in New Jersey, but that didn't stop demonstrators from making him the focus of competing rallies in Washington that highlighted the stark political divisions in the United States.

Trump has threatened "fire and fury" in response to North Korea's threats.

North Korea fired the intermediate-range ballistic missile over Japan that landed in the Pacific, responding to new United Nations sanctions with its furthest-ever missile flight.

The White House said on Friday (Sept 15) that President Donald Trump will meet the leaders of Japan and South Korea in NY next week to discuss the "urgent" threat posed by North Korea and dismissed claims there was no military option to dealing with Pyongyang.

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said on Twitter, "North Korea's missile launch is another reckless breach of United Nations resolutions - a major threat to worldwide peace and security which demands a global response".

Responding to a question, Mattis said he is not aware of any effort on the part of South Korea to shoot down the North Korean missile.

North Korea on Friday fired a missile which flew over Japan, but resulted in Japanese citizens being told to take cover.

The emergency meeting of Security Council was convened at the request of Japan and the US.

The comments come in the wake of yesterday's North Korean missile test. Russian Federation is the largest employer of North Korean forced labor. And he wants to slash US financial contributions to the U.N. Richard Gowan is a U.N. expert with the European Council on Foreign Relations.

North Korea said earlier this month it was developing a hydrogen bomb that could carry out an EMP attack.

McMaster said Trump will push a message of "reform", calling for more transparency and accountability at the United Nations.

"We call on all nations to take new measures against the Kim [Jong Un] regime", the top USA diplomat said. "China and Russian Federation must indicate their intolerance for these reckless missile launches by taking direct actions of their own", Tillerson demanded. A trio of missile launches and a hydrogen bomb test that is the communist nation's most powerful to date.

Experts have long questioned if the US could indeed attack North Korea, given its ability to cause massive casualties south of the border.

"I think it's a signal that the US takes the General Assembly much less seriously than it did under President Obama", said Gowan.

"The Trump administration intends to change that".

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