Trump warns North Korea of ´overwhelming´ options

Lester Mason
September 17, 2017

North Korea's leaders have repeatedly said they need nuclear weapons to defend themselves against "hostile" USA forces, 35,000 of which are stationed in South Korea.

Former top White House aide Steve Bannon told a reporter in August that there are no military solutions for North Korea. She acknowledged that foreign leaders are curious about how the unpredictable USA president will maneuver. "And I think that he will make quite an impact".

Trump is scheduled to deliver his maiden address to the world body next week. North Korea has launched dozens of missiles under Kim Jong Un's leadership to accelerate a weapons programme created to give it the ability to target the United States with a powerful, nuclear-tipped missile.

The General Assembly "is an incredibly sophisticated dance that doesn't really play to Tillerson's strengths or to the president's strengths", said Jon Alterman of the Center for Strategic & International Studies.

In New York, Trump will hold a series of individual and small-group meetings with leaders from the Mideast, Latin America, Africa and Europe. The president will express support for Secretary-General Guterres' reform efforts. "For those who have said, and been commenting about a lack of an military option, there is a military option". Haley was joined by the National Security Advisor Lt Gen H R McMaster in giving a preview of the U.S. position at the United Nations next week.

Diplomacy on the North Korean nuclear standoff has been stalled for years.

"We will defend our people and our civilization from all who dare to threaten our way of life", Trump said at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland on Friday after Pyongyang conducted its longest-ever test flight of a ballistic missile.

Trump will discuss the North Korea crisis over lunch with the leaders of South Korea and Japan.

McMaster said North Korea's recent launch demonstrates that it is one of the world's most urgent and unsafe security problems, he added.

"I think that Security Council reform is still being talked about, and I know that it's something that India wants", Haley told reporters at a White House news conference ahead of the annual General Assembly session of the United Nations beginning next week. The latest nuclear test was five to six times more powerful than the last, according to South Korea's Meteorological Administration. The president must decide by mid-October whether to keep the the Iran nuclear deal.

President Donald Trump will use his debut speech to the U.N. General Assembly next week to offer warmth to the United States' allies and warnings to its adversaries.

The U.S. president has a chance to surprise global leaders with a shift toward coalition-building on the world stage, Alterman said, noting Trump's recent outreach domestically to his political opponents in the Democratic Party.

"He must look at it partly as an opportunity to have the world's attention", Alterman said.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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