US Again Threatens Force to Halt North Korea Weapons Program

US Again Threatens Force to Halt North Korea Weapons Program

US Again Threatens Force to Halt North Korea Weapons Program

FILE - This file image made from video of an undated still image broadcast in a news bulletin on Monday, May 15, 2017, by North Korea's KRT shows leader Kim Jong Un at what was said to be a missile test site at an undisclosed location in North Korea after the North on Monday, May 15 boasted of a successful weekend launch of a new type of "medium long-range" ballistic rocket that can carry a heavy nuclear warhead.

In his speech Tuesday, Trump warned that the United States will "totally destroy North Korea" if it attacks the US or its allies, and Haley said the USA has been trying to work through dialogue to reach a resolution.

"President Trump and President Moon committed to continuing to take steps to strengthen deterrence and defense capabilities, and to maximize economic and diplomatic pressure on North Korea", the White House said in a statement.

"We will defend our people and our civilization from all who dare to threaten our way of life", Trump said at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland on Friday after Pyongyang conducted its longest-ever test flight of a ballistic missile.

Democratic U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein said on Sunday that Trump should not rule out talks with North Korea before it agrees to end its nuclear programme.

Nikki Haley, the USA ambassador to the UN, said on Sunday the UN Security Council has run out of options on containing North Korea's nuclear programme - and the USA may now turn to the Pentagon.

North Korea fired the intermediate-range ballistic missile over Japan that landed in the Pacific, responding to new United Nations sanctions with its furthest-ever missile flight.

Trump plans to meet with South Korean President Moon Jae-in this week on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly.

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Top advisers to President Donald Trump on Sunday warned North Korea to give up its missile and nuclear weapons programs and to quit making threats against the USA and its allies or face destruction.

Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Sunday his country would not be bullied by the United States and would react strongly to any "wrong move" by Washington on the nuclear deal.

On Friday, the U.N. Security Council condemned North Korea's "highly provocative" test of an intermediate-range missile, which hurtled over US ally Japan into the northern Pacific Ocean.

National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster said Friday that a "military option" is on the table to respond to North Korea's ongoing provocation.

North Korea has launched a trio of missiles in recent weeks and tested a bomb that was its most powerful to date.

Trump, in a tweet, asserted that long lines for gas were forming in North Korea, and he said that was "too bad".

He also suggested deep cuts to USA funding for the United Nations. The sanctions were significantly watered down following objections by the DPRK's allies China and Russian Federation, who threatened to veto Haley's original draft resolution.

The United States still wants a peaceful solution and has been waiting for the North Koreans to indicate they are ready to talk, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on CBS' "Face the Nation".

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If diplomacy fails, she says Defense Secretary Jim Mattis "will take care of it".

"We ought to make clear what's different about this approach is that we're out of time", McMaster said. And none of us want that.

Mattis said after Kim tested a hydrogen bomb earlier this month that the USA would answer any threat from the North with a "massive military response, a response both effective and overwhelming".

"I personally think he slaps the right people, he hugs the right people, and he comes out with [the] US being very strong in the end", she said.

Trump has threatened "fire and fury" in response to North Korea's threats.

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