Futures inch up ahead of Trump speech

Antonio Guterres

U.S. President Donald Trump participates in a session on reforming the United Nations at UN Headquarters in NY.

The United States called the meeting that will be held during the annual General Assembly gathering of world leaders at the United Nations.

The United States backed by Japan, South Korea and its western allies are pushing for a strong worldwide response to North Korea after it conducted its sixth and most powerful nuclear test and fired missiles over Japan.

"Just like you, the leaders of your countries, should and always put your countries first", said Mr Trump, who assured the United Nations that the USA would not abdicate its leadership position in the world but needed other countries to contribute more. His speech was a sharp departure from his earlier stance.

In May of 2016 he said, "The United Nations is not a friend of democracy".

If the United States is "forced to defend itself and its allies, we will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea", he said.

US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley warned that the world body has "exhausted" its options on the Korean Peninsula nuclear issue.

On Tuesday, Mr Trump is going to deliver his longer speech in which he may outline his vision for the organization and how to lessen the financial burden on U.S. tax payers in running the organization.

A senior White House official, briefing reporters on the contents of the speech, said Trump would single out North Korea for "destabilizing, hostile and risky behavior", Reuters reported.

The Security Council also reiterated the importance of maintaining peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula and in north-east Asia at large, and expressed its commitment to a peaceful, diplomatic and political solution to the situation, welcoming efforts by Council members, as well as other States, to facilitate a peaceful and comprehensive solution through dialogue.

McMaster emphasized that it's the responsibility of all nations to enforce U.N. sanctions on North Korea and address the problem.

"For those who have said and who have been commenting on a lack of a military option, there is a military option", he said at the White House briefing, though he noted that it was not the administration's preferred route for dealing with the nation's aggressiveness.

"I will always put American first".

The White House says Trump and Xi committed to "maximizing pressure" on North Korea through vigorous enforcement of U.N. Security Council resolutions.

Netanyahu said that Israel's alliance with the United States has been "never stronger" than now under the Trump administration. On the sidelines, French President Emmanuel Macron will present his case for the Paris climate change accord, which Mr Trump has vowed to quit.



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