USA options on North Korea 'effective and overwhelming': Donald Trump

Lester Mason
September 17, 2017

"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 in his address to air force personnel and families on the 70th anniversary of the US Air Force.

Despite the UN Security Council adopting its toughest resolution yet against North Korea over its latest nuclear test and repeated missile launches, a Russian political analyst warned that Pyongyang can weather any further sanctions, and that a different approach is required to sway the opinion of the North Korean leadership.

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".

He further stressed that the country should be prepared for a nuclear counter-attack, which the "U.S. can not cope with".

Meanwhile, Russian political analyst Andrei Manoylo told Radio Sputnik that North Korea would be able to weather these new sanctions easily.

"Asked him how Rocket Man is doing", Trump said on Twitter Sunday in an apparent reference to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Last week, Trump and his top national security advisers said that there are military options available despite doubts from some experts.


The launch is the 14th missile test conducted by North Korea in 2017.

Trump said America and its allies will never be intimidated.

"At that point, you know, there's not a whole lot the Security Council is going to be able to do", Ambassador Nikki Haley said, claiming global sanctions already have cut off 90 percent of North Korea's trade and 30 percent of its oil.

"Honestly, I think the United States should be doing. much more than now, so that there's real effective worldwide cooperation on this issue", China's ambassador to the United States, Cui Tiankai, said on Friday.

Trump has promised not to allow North Korea to threaten the United States with a nuclear-tipped missile.

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called on the DPRK leadership "to cease further testing, comply with the relevant Security Council resolutions, and allow space to explore the resumption of honest dialogue on denuclearisation".

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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