North Korea will be "destroyed" if threats, 'reckless behavior' continues

North Korea faces destruction unless it gives up its missile and nuclear weapons programmes and stops threatening the United States and its allies, warned top advisers to U.S. president Donald Trump.

President Donald Trump has said America and its allies will never be intimidated and insisted that the US' options for addressing the threat posed by North Korea are both "effective and overwhelming".

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said on Sunday the U.N. Security Council has run out of options on containing North Korea's nuclear program and the United States may have to turn the matter over to the Pentagon. North Korean officials say the tests are part of a process of seeking "equilibrium" with the US.

McMaster underlined the importance of enforcing economic sanctions against North Korea which have been supported by the UN Security Council members. "This includes the regime of North Korea, which has once again shown its utter contempt for its neighbors and for the entire world community".

The White House said Trump and Moon had committed to "take steps to strengthen deterrence and defence capabilities" of South Korea, offering no details of how it might do so.

Trump will kick off the week with a meeting about United Nations reform on Monday.

So far, every effort to persuade the North to back away from its fast-developing nuclear and missile programs - including its most powerful nuclear test yet, on September 3 - has proved futile, at times even seeming to prompt new acts of defiance from Pyongyang. North Korea is closer than ever to its goal of building a military arsenal that can viably target both USA troops in Asia and the American homeland.

Mattis has warned the consequences of any military action would be "tragic on an unbelievable scale" and bring severe risk to US ally South Korea.

Trump, in a tweet, asserted that long lines for gas were forming in North Korea, and he said that was "too bad". They plan to meet this week at the U.N. General Assembly.

Previous administrations have pressed the embrace change.

"All they need to do to let us know they're ready to talk is to just stop these tests, stop these provocative actions, and let's lower the threat level and the rhetoric", he said.

The US is "not going to stand for what they (Iran) are doing", the President said, arguing Iran has "violated so many different elements" of the deal. Haley said that wasn't an empty threat from the president but she declined to describe the president's intentions.

Trump will discuss the North Korea crisis over lunch with the leaders of South Korea and Japan.



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