Published: Sun, September 17, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

United States options on North Korea 'effective and overwhelming': Donald Trump

United States options on North Korea 'effective and overwhelming': Donald Trump

Speaking at Andrews Air Force Base, President Trump reiterated that he is "confident" that the United States military options for attacking North Korea are both "effective and overwhelming", saying the USA is prepared to "defend our civilization" from them.

"After seeing your capabilities and commitment here today, I am more confident than ever that our options in addressing this threat are both effective and overwhelming", Trump said in his address to air force personnel and families on the 70th anniversary of the US Air Force.

The North Korean state-run newspaper Rodong Sinmun on Friday said in an editorial, "If the USA continues to walk on the current course, we will take stronger actions for our self-defense". But, unlike past presidents, Trump is promoting his "America First" agenda, and he has called for slashing US financial contributions to the United Nations.

"We will defend our people, our nations, and our civilisation from all who dare to threaten our way of life". "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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National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster said of North Korea's most recent test that "we're out of time", and that the U.S. has to remember that as they do everything short of war, war remains an option. Though they aren't their top choices for the region, Haley and McMaster said, they are available to the President.

McMaster and Haley both insisted that the United States does have military options in the dispute, contrary to conventional wisdom that the city of Seoul's vulnerability to a North Korean counterattack rules out the possibility of a strike.

"Now it's not what we prefer to do". "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.

Earlier this week, the UN Security Council agreed to tighten sanctions on North Korea, banning its textile exports and capping fuel supplies. "So, having said that, I have no problem with kicking it to (Defense Secretary James) Mattis because I think he has plenty of options".

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McMaster said North Korea's recent launch demonstrates that it is one of the world's most urgent and risky security problems, he added. More specifically, China and Russian Federation want the accept North Korea's demand to cease joint military exercises with South Korea to bring the Kim regime to the negotiating table.

Earlier in the day, NATO called for a global response to North Korea's latest launch of a missile, which flew over northern Japan just days after the United Nations imposed new sanctions on Pyongyang for conducting its sixth nuclear test.

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