Published: Sun, September 17, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

China rebuffs USA demand to cut off oil exports to North Korea

China rebuffs USA demand to cut off oil exports to North Korea

"We've been kicking the can down the road, and we're out of road", H.R. McMaster, Trump's national security adviser, told reporters on Friday.

Adding it is not the preferred option, he urged all nations to do more to rein in the North, which he called "one of the world's most urgent and risky security problems".

McMaster says Trump, much like previous presidents, will push a message of reform, calling for more transparency and accountability at the United Nations.

America's ambassador to the United Nations is raising the prospect of USA military action against North Korea if the North continues its missile and nuclear tests.

U.S. President Donald Trump and South Korea's President Moon Jae-in have agreed to toughen sanctions against North Korea in a bid to curb the North's nuclear ambitions.

Trump will meet with leaders from Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and Latin America throughout the week, but his remarks - scheduled for Tuesday morning - will be the president's highest-profile opportunity to explain his foreign policy vision couched in his "America first" agenda. Trump took to Twitter to inform the world that he spoke to the leader of South Korea Moon Jae-in and inquired about Kim Jong-un.

Speaking at Joint Base Andrews, the Air Force installation outside Washington on Friday, Trump declared that American military options were robust should they be required to respond to threats from Pyongyang.

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"We will defend our people, our nations, and our civilisation from all who dare to threaten our way of life". "The United Nations, of course, holds tremendous potential to realize its founding ideals, but only if it's run more efficiently and effectively", McMaster said.

Nikki Haley says North Korea will be "destroyed" if it continues with what she describes as "reckless" behavior.

"I believe it will further North Korea's isolation - diplomatic and economic isolation - because more and more nations are realising there's simply no collaboration with the global community".

It had already stepped up sanctions against North Korea in response to a nuclear bomb test on September 3, imposing a ban on North Korea's textile exports and capping its imports of crude oil.

"I think it's a signal that the USA takes the General Assembly much less seriously than it did under President Obama", said Gowan.

"Forget it. Until somebody solves the part of the equation that shows me that 10 million people in Seoul don't die in the first 30 minutes from conventional weapons, I don't know what you're talking about", he said. "There's no military solution here, they got us". North Korea also has the world's largest standing army.

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