White House expected to preview Trump's first United Nations summit

Pauline Gross
September 17, 2017

US President Donald Trump has scheduled talks with leaders of Japan and South Korea to address the crisis. A trio of missile launches and a hydrogen bomb test that is the communist nation's most powerful to date.

The use of the term is a declaration that the USA reserves the right to go it's own way, unhindered by global accords, and signals a break with Obama's emphasis on multilateral approach to worldwide relations.

While U.S. officials say they prefer a diplomatic solution to this nuclear standoff, military force is also an option.

"After seeing our capabilities, I am more confident than ever that our options are not only effective but overwhelming", Trump said. "This includes the regime of North Korea, which has once again shown its utter contempt for its neighbors and for the entire world community".

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The Trump administration has called the development of a North Korean ICBM an unacceptable existential threat. Only now, the threat is heightened. But, unlike past presidents, Trump is promoting his "America First" agenda, and he has called for slashing USA financial contributions to the United Nations.

"What we are seeing is they continue to be provocative, they continue to be reckless".

USA options range from everything to accepting North Korea as a nuclear power to using military force in a bid to destroy its arsenal and even oust leader Kim Jong Un.

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

"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. But the North has ignored countless worldwide reproaches previously.

"For those who have said and have been commenting about the lack of a military option, there is a military option", he insisted. 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.

Trump said America and its allies will never be intimidated.

"The members of the Security Council strongly condemned these launches, condemned further North Korea for its outrageous actions, and demanded that North Korea immediately cease all such actions", the Security Council said in a statement after an emergency meeting.

Officials did not say where the meeting would take place, but last month the Israel Hayom daily reported it would be held at Trump's National Bedminster Golf Club in New Jersey. After the new sanctions were imposed Monday, North Korea called for the Security Council to be broken up, accusing it of being a "tool of evil" working for the United States.

"I don't think that he'll stray too much outside of the boundaries of that", Collins said.

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