United States options on North Korea 'effective and overwhelming': Donald Trump

Lester Mason
September 17, 2017

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley speaks during a news briefing at the White House, in Washington, Friday, Sept. 15, 2017.

"The leaders shared the importance of implementing the U.N. Security Council resolution under close cooperation with the global community and agreed to continue their discussions on the issue", the Cheong Wa Dae spokesman said.

And there's little sign that talks involving the U.S., North Korea and other interested countries can be arranged amid the nearly weekly barrage of weapons tests and threats, let alone stop the North's determined nuclear march.

Mattis told reporters on his way to Mexico that as a result of the North Korean missile test, tens of millions of Japanese people were seen going into duck and cover, which was the second time that they've had to do that since World War II.

Terming the ballistic missile launch as "highly provocative", the Council members "condemned further the DPRK for its outrageous actions, and demanded that the [the country] immediately cease all such actions".

"These sanctions are just now taking effect", he said, without providing evidence.

Trump heads to the U.N. General Assembly meeting next week with the same suitcase of bad options as his predecessors.

Trump has said the United States and its allies will not be intimidated by the reclusive nation.


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

President Donald Trump says he and South Korean President Moon Jae-in (jah-yihn) have discussed North Korea in their latest call.

China rebuffed United States demands to cut off oil exports to North Korea as a way to dissuade Kim Jong-Un's regime from pursuing nuclear weapons, saying instead it was American leaders who needed to tone down their rhetoric and come to the negotiating table.

US options range from everything to accepting North Korea as a nuclear power to using military force in a bid to destroy its arsenal and even oust leader Kim Jong Un.

Trump, who has not ruled out military options in dealing with North Korea's weapons programs, told military personnel and their families at the Joint Base Andrews in Maryland, "Our options in addressing this threat are both effective and overwhelming".

Moon and Trump agreed it was important to thoroughly implement U.N. Security Council resolutions against Pyongyang, including the latest sanctions resolution unanimously adopted at the start of last week to punish the North for its latest nuclear provocation.

According to Cheong Wa Dae, President Moon Jae-in and US President Donald Trump agreed to cooperate more closely and to work with the worldwide community to further raise the pressure on Pyongyang.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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