Monday, 23 October, 2017

Haley: Trump's 'fire and fury' comment 'not an idle threat'

Singapore condemns North Korea's ballistic missile test Trump: Military Options Against North Korea 'Overwhelming'
Kenny Thornton | 20 September, 2017, 06:55

Trump, who spent the weekend at his New Jersey golf club, tweeted that he and South Korean President Moon Jae-in discussed North Korea during their latest telephone conversation last Saturday.

North Korea has threatened to "sink" Japan into the sea and said Saturday it sought military "equilibrium" with arch-enemy the United States by developing a full nuclear arsenal.

"We wanted to be responsible and go through all diplomatic means to get their attention first", Haley said.

"While saying he highly evaluated the swift and unanimous adoption of the U.N. Security Council (UNSC) resolution on September 11, President Moon underscored the need for the worldwide community to work together to thoroughly implement the resolution", Moon's spokesman Park Soo-hyun said of the meeting.

"This regime is so close now to threatening the United States and others with a nuclear weapon that we really have to move with a great deal of urgency on sanctions, on diplomacy and on preparing, if necessary, a military option", he said on "Fox News Sunday". "And we all know that, and none of us want that".

President Donald J. Trump last Sunday mocked the leader of nuclear-armed North Korea as "Rocket Man", while White House advisers said the isolated nation would face destruction unless it shelves its weapons programs and bellicose threats. Now, he said, "we have a humanitarian crisis, an entire island destroyed".

Meanwhile, the U.S. hailed Madrid's decision to expel the North Korean ambassador and called on other countries to take similarly decisive actions to apply the "maximum pressure" on Pyongyang.

"We strongly urge the Democratic People's Republic of Korea's (DPRK) to cease all provocations immediately, and reiterate our long-standing call for the DPRK to abide by its global obligations and commitments", the Ministry said, referring to North Korea by its official name. "And at that point, there's not a whole lot the Security Council is going to be able to do from here when you've cut 90 percent of the trade and 30 percent of the oil", she said, before implying that military options remain on the table.

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UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres - who, like Trump, took office in January - plans to meet separately with "concerned parties", including North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho, on the sidelines of the 72nd General Assembly.

The news comes as United States and Chinese leaders agreed to "maximise the pressure" on the regime of Kim Jong Un.

Evans Revere and Jonathan Pollack of the Brookings Institution wrote in a paper that Washington should declare that any future North Korean missiles toward or over USA or allied territory would be deemed a direct threat that would "be addressed with the full range of USA and allied defensive capabilities".

"This includes the regime of North Korea, which has once again shown its utter contempt for its neighbours and for the entire world community", he said.

McMaster said it really depends on how China sees the threat from North Korea continue to manifest itself and in their judgement about how much time they have. "The United States is going to work".

Haley said sanctions had already provided a "punch in the gut" to Pyongyang but that strict enforcement was crucial.

"I think what the president was communicating".

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