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17 September 2017, 12:43 | Erica Roy
North Korea also has the world's largest standing army. 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. He called on China and Russian Federation in particular to use their ultimate leverage over North Korea.
Also on the agenda: the Iran nuclear deal, Mideast peace, and United Nations reform efforts.
Standing before a B-2 stealth bomber and a vast United States flag, Donald Trump on Friday lashed out at North Korea warned that advanced USA weaponry could make the souls of America's enemies "crumble".
The US ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, said trade with North Korea would be cut 90 per cent after the "massive sanctions" package agreed by the Security Council.
Experts have long questioned if the USA could indeed attack North Korea, given its ability to cause massive casualties south of the border.
US Secretary of Defence James Mattis spoke over phone with his Japanese counterpart Itsunori Onodera following the latest North Korean missile launch, the Pentagon said.
The White House said on Friday (Sept 15) that President Donald Trump will meet the leaders of Japan and South Korea in NY next week to discuss the "urgent" threat posed by North Korea and dismissed claims there was no military option to dealing with Pyongyang.
The North American Aerospace Defense Command also determined that the missile had posed no threat to North America. Like his predecessors, Trump has opted for choices somewhere in between: economic sanctions and talk of eventual diplomacy or military action, depending on how North Korea responds. "We must make North Korea understand this", Abe said. Experts disagree about whether the North had the capability to mount such an attack, which would involve setting off a bomb in the atmosphere that could heavily damage power grids and other infrastructure. That missile flew more than 2,700 kilometers at a maximum altitude of about 550 kilometers. "China and Russian Federation must indicate their intolerance for these reckless missile launches by taking direct actions of their own", Tillerson demanded.
"We call on all nations to take new measures against the Kim [Jong Un] regime", the top USA diplomat said.
In a unanimous statement backed by China, the council said the launch was carried out just three weeks after a first missile overflew Japan and less than two weeks after Pyongyang's sixth and biggest nuclear test. 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.
Previous administrations have pressed the U.N.to embrace change. Washington has tried to work with Beijing to restrain the latter's ally in Pyongyang through economic sanctions.
Former top White House aide Steve Bannon told a reporter in August that there are no military solutions for North Korea.
"Trump's audience will be very aware of his mood swings", said Richard Gowan, a United Nations expert with the European Council on Foreign Relations told Politico.
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