Security Council has run out of options concerning North Korea

President Donald Trump will pummel foes and embrace friends in his first speech to the United Nations General Assembly next week, keeping the pressure on Washington's adversaries North Korea and Iran, US Ambassador Nikki Haley said on Friday.

"As Kim Jong-Un's most recent launch demonstrates, this is one of the world's most urgent and risky security problems", he added.

The sanctions package capped oil imports, barred textile exports and prohibited the hiring of more North Korea guest workers.

Trump's national security adviser, H.R. McMaster, discussed Friday at the White House what ideas the president plans to push forth.

"We have tried a couple of times to signal to them that we're ready, when they're ready", he said.

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

"If North Korea keeps on with this reckless behavior, if the United States has to defend itself or defend its allies in any way, North Korea will be destroyed".

"I think that North Korea is not going to give up its program with nothing on the table", she said on CNN.

If North Korea continues its provocative behavior, Haley suggested the USA would have to take matters into its own hands.

"The two leaders agreed to strengthen cooperation, and exert stronger and practical sanctions on North Korea so that it realizes provocative actions leads to further diplomatic isolation and economic pressure", Blue House spokesman Park Soo-hyun said in a televised briefing. However, the accuracy of the missile, still at an early stage of development, was low, it said.

In the Chinese version, the discussion on North Korea was significantly downplayed and relegated to a single sentence in the very end: "The two leaders also exchanged views on the current situation on the Korean Peninsula". But Beijing pushed back. "This includes the regime of North Korea, which has one again shown its utter contempt for its neighbors, and the entire world community".

Russian Federation and China have repeatedly called for a diplomatic solution to the crisis, arguing that more punitive measures will not ease the distrust North Korea feels about the United States and its allies and instead will more likely result in a humanitarian catastrophe.

"The South Korean government said they fired a missile within minutes afterwards, from their coastline". It even launched a missile over Japan which prompted the latter to reassess its security.

On global markets, shares and other risk assets barely moved and gold fell as traders paid little attention to the latest missile test, shifting their focus to where and when interest rates will go up. "There's a dismissal of worldwide concern, unified UN Security Council concerns", he said. "Without implementing this, we also will consider it as a non-compliance with the resolution". He ordered officials to analyse and prepare for possible new North Korean threats, including electromagnetic pulse and biochemical attacks. The North accuses the United States, which has 28,500 troops in South Korea, of planning to invade and regularly threatens to destroy it and its Asian allies.



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