Haley calls for marking Trump's fire and fury comment 'not empty'

Lester Mason
September 21, 2017

"We can never tolerate that North Korea trampled on the global community's strong, united resolve towards peace that has been shown in UN resolutions and went ahead again with this outrageous act", he said on Friday.

"We've been kicking the can down the road, and we're out of road", H.R. McMaster, Trump's national security adviser, told reporters on Friday.

At the United Nations, the Security Council met behind closed doors for more than an hour.

Haley warned a war would mean the destruction of North Korea. New U.N. sanctions cut oil exports to North Korea.

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. North Korea also has the world's largest standing army. North Korea is closer than ever to its goal of building a military arsenal that can viably target both USA troops in Asia and the American homeland.

The statement appeared unlikely to change North Korea's behavior. After the new sanctions were imposed Monday, North Korea called for the Security Council to be broken up, accusing it of being a "tool of evil" working for the United States.

"Mattis and Onodera agreed that the North Korean provocation called for a strong demonstration of a unified front between the US, Japan, and the Republic of Korea, and agreed on the importance of robust trilateral defense cooperation between the three nations", he said.

The missile flew over Hokkaido in the north and landed in the Pacific about 2,000 kilometers to the east.

Kim has threatened Guam, a USA territory in the Pacific, and has fired two missiles over Japan, a United States ally in Asia, including one missile launched on Friday. But the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) had said the ballistic missile did not pose a threat to North America.

"The South Korean government said they fired a missile within minutes afterwards, from their coastline".


Trump, who will stay in his Manhattan penthouse at Trump Tower, will conclude his stay Thursday with meetings with leaders from Turkey, Afghanistan and Ukraine before holding a lunch with the leaders of South Korea and Japan, largely to discuss the threats emanating from North Korea.

"The president is trying to work with Congress on what is a very hard situation", she said.

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

In August, North Korea launched a ballistic missile over Japan from a region near Pyongyang.

At the same time, Haley said the U.S.is "a country of laws".

The presidents of China and Russian Federation are not expected to attend the meetings. The US will, however, continue applying pressure on Pyongyang.

The UN Security Council on Friday strongly condemned North Korea's "highly provocative" missile launch and demanded Pyongyang immediately halt such actions - but did not threaten further sanctions.

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

Reuters quotes the Union of Concerned Scientists stating North Korea's latest test proves its Hwasong-14 missile has the range to reach Guam but doubted it has the accuracy to hit the relatively small island target at such long range. Washington has tried to work with Beijing to restrain the latter's ally in Pyongyang through economic sanctions.

While U.S. officials say they prefer a diplomatic solution to this nuclear standoff, military force is also an option.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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