United Nations Security Council condemns highly provocative North Korea missile launch

National security adviser H.R. McMaster right and U.S. Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley participate in a news briefing at the White House in Washington Friday Sept. 15 2017

McMaster said North Korea's recent launch demonstrates that it is one of the world's most urgent and risky security problems, he added. 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.

The US ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, said trade with North Korea would be cut 90 per cent after the "massive sanctions" package agreed by the Security Council.

The White House said that President Donald Trump will meet the leaders of Japan and South Korea in NY next week to discuss the urgent threat posed by North Korea.

Also on the agenda: the Iran nuclear deal, Mideast peace, and United Nations reform efforts.

The Trump administration appears to be reaching its limit with North Korea. He called on China and Russian Federation in particular to use their ultimate leverage over North Korea. That plan seeks to set the stage for a resumption of talks after Pyongyang suspends its nuclear and ballistic missile activity and the USA and South Korea suspend their joint military exercises.

Yoshihide Suga, Japan's chief cabinet secretary, said, "We absolutely can not accept these repeated provocations by North Korea and we strongly protest to North Korea and convey to them the nation's strong anger in the strongest words possible". The North Koreans must have been confident that their latest test - an audacious advance by some 1,000km on their earlier (29 August) overflight of Japan - would be successful and that the risk of the missile breaking up over Japanese airspace was minimal.

On Friday, the U.N. Security Council condemned North Korea's "highly provocative" test of an intermediate-range missile, which hurtled over US ally Japan into the northern Pacific Ocean. "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.

"The South Korean government said they fired a missile within minutes afterwards, from their coastline". Like his predecessors, Trump has opted for choices somewhere in between: economic sanctions and talk of eventual diplomacy or military action, depending on how North Korea responds. Dictator Kim Jong-un has repeatedly threatened to attack both Guam and Japan with missiles, possibly using nuclear warheads. "China and Russian Federation must indicate their intolerance for these reckless missile launches by taking direct actions of their own", Tillerson demanded.

U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley told reporters on Friday that North Korea has been "strangled" by sanctions and that, while it is important to pursue diplomatic options, military options remain squarely on the table if sanctions are not effective. That launch came less than two weeks after Pyongyang staged its most powerful nuclear test yet. North Korea is closer than ever to its goal of building a military arsenal that can viably target both US troops in Asia and the American homeland.

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