Friday, 22 September, 2017

US, Allies 'Will Not Be Intimidated' by North Korea

(LEAD) McMaster says there is military option against N. Korea McMaster: Military Option Exists for NKorea
Saul Franklin | 17 September, 2017, 01:07

Trump made the remark Friday during a speech to military personnel and their families at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland, just outside Washington. "The United Kingdom stands with the people of Japan in face of this awful, egregious, illegal, provocative, reckless act by the North Korean regime, which once again demonstrates their complete disregard for the sovereignty and the citizens of one of their neighbours", the British Ambassador to the UN, Matthew Rycroft told reporters after the meeting of the Security Council.

The sanctions include restrictions on North Korea's oil imports and a ban on its textile exports, after an earlier resolution in August sought to slash the country's US$3 billion annual export revenue by a third. Some 25 million people live in the metropolitan area of Seoul, U.S. ally South Korea's capital, well within range of the North's extensive artillery.

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

BENNETT: The president will address some of those issues on Tuesday, when he takes the podium at the U.N.to address world leaders.

"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. "What we're seeing is they continue to be provocative and reckless".

"There are no shortage of issues, with North Korea being front and center", said Haley.

The statement appeared unlikely to change North Korea's behavior.

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Trump was spending the weekend at his golf club in New Jersey, but that didn't stop demonstrators from making him the focus of competing rallies in Washington that highlighted the stark political divisions in the United States.

The latest missile was launched from the Sunan district in Pyongyang and flew over the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido. Though they aren't their top choices for the region, Haley and McMaster said, they are available to the President. Both of North Korea's patron nations insist that Pyongyang has legitimate grievances that should be settled through negotiations with the USA and South Korea. And he comes out with USA being very strong in the end.

The North American Aerospace Defense Command also determined that the missile had posed no threat to North America.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in has scheduled a National Security Council meeting to discuss the launch.

US President Donald Trump will hold a series of meetings with world leaders on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly meeting next week in NY, the White House said on Friday.

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

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