Trump has military options for North Korea

Trump has military options for North Korea

Trump has military options for North Korea

North Korea has been the most perplexing foreign policy problem facing the Trump administration in its first year in office, with their now repeated missile tests and one nuclear test putting pressure on the President to have a plan should tensions escalate.

On Thursday, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Security Council resolutions "represent the floor, not the ceiling, of the actions we should take".

"If North Korea continues to walk down this path, it has no bright future".

"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 defence cooperation between the three nations", he said.

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"President Moon ordered [the military] to closely analyze and increase the readiness posture against new types of threats from North Korea, such as EMP [electromagnetic pulse] and biochemical threats", presidential spokesman Park Su-hyun said.

"China supplies North Korea with most of its oil". Relaxing the last of these principles would enable Japan to reintroduce U.S. tactical nuclear weapons to Japan, not only bolstering Japan's ability (with United States support) to deter North Korea, but also importantly reinforcing the commitment by Washington to defend Japan. A new set of United Nations sanctions that even Trump declared a "small step", extensive talks and a rhetorical two-step that leaves them where they have been for years. He called on China and Russian Federation in particular to use their ultimate leverage over North Korea. Though they aren't their top choices for the region, Haley and McMaster said, they are available to the President. Russian Federation is the largest employer of North Korean forced labor.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in also convened a National Security Council meeting to monitor the situation and prepare for any emerging threats from North Korea. "China and Russian Federation must indicate their intolerance for these reckless missile launches by taking direct actions of their own", Tillerson said.

On Friday, the U.N. Security Council condemned North Korea's "highly provocative" test of an intermediate-range missile, which hurtled over USA ally Japan into the northern Pacific Ocean. Dictator Kim Jong-un has repeatedly threatened to attack both Guam and Japan with missiles, possibly using nuclear warheads.

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The North Korean state-run newspaper Rodong Sinmun on Friday said in an editorial, "If the USA continues to walk on the current course, we will take stronger actions for our self-defense".

The emergency meeting of Security Council was convened at the request of Japan and the US.

"After seeing our capabilities, I am more confident than ever that our options are not only effective but overwhelming", Trump said. That launch came less than two weeks after Pyongyang staged its most powerful nuclear test yet.

Promoting an "America First" agenda at the United Nations.

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