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Trump warns North Korea of 'overwhelming' options

17 September, 2017, 01:08 | Author: Kristen Ingram
  • Security Adviser H.R. McMaster

Hours later, President Donald Trump said the same thing during a speech at Joint Base Andrews, saying USA military options are "both overwhelming and effective", and called out North Korea's "utter contempt for its neighbors and the worldwide community".

The comments come in the wake of yesterday's North Korean missile test.

On Thursday, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Security Council resolutions "represent the floor, not the ceiling, of the actions we should take".

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".

National security adviser H.R. McMaster, right, and U.S. Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley, participate in a news briefing at the White House, in Washington, Friday, Sept. 15, 2017.

McMaster emphasized that it's the responsibility of all nations to enforce U.N. sanctions on North Korea and address the problem.

UPDATE (8:02PM): (AP) -U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has called the latest missile launch a reckless act by the North Koreans. He backed up his words with action, ordering a test launch of South Korean missiles into the sea, on a trajectory precisely long enough to have wiped out the launch site for North Korea's ICBM if the weapons were aimed in that direction. "This includes the regime of North Korea, which has once again shown its utter contempt for its neighbours and for the entire world community", he said.

And while the first two may be familiar in US post-war diplomacy, the third is a loaded term in global relations, hinting at Trump's "America First" agenda.

HALEY: With North Korea being front and center - Iran will be an issue.

How has North Korea responded in the five weeks since President Donald Trump threated Pyongyang with "fire and fury?"

At the beginning of this year, North Korea's Kim announced plans to develop an intercontinental ballistic missile that could strike the USA mainland.

"The Trump administration intends to change that". 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.

"After seeing your capabilities and commitment here today, I am more confident than ever that our options in addressing this threat are both effective and overwhelming", Trump said inside an airplane hangar, surrounded by United States airmen and with a looming stealth bomber positioned behind him.

Also on the agenda: the Iran nuclear deal, Mideast peace, and United Nations reform efforts.



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