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

Further Pressure May Provoke 'Unpredictable' Response From North Korea

Further Pressure May Provoke 'Unpredictable' Response From North Korea

Addressing several hundred air force personnel after reviewing some of America's most high-tech fighters jets and bombers, Trump warned that Pyongyang had "once again shown its utter contempt for its neighbours and for the entire world community".

The Blue House said Moon and Trump had strongly condemned the latest missile launch by North Korea, and agreed that the two nations would work with the global community to implement the latest UN Security Council's resolution 2375, Park said.

At the White House, McMaster called on nations to aggressively enforce recent U.N. sanctions to increase economic pressure. But the North American Aerospace Defence Command (NORAD) had said the ballistic missile did not pose a threat to North America.

He further stressed that the country should be prepared for a nuclear counter-attack, which the "U.S. can not cope with".

"Our final goal is to establish the equilibrium of real force with the USA and make the US rulers dare not talk about military option", North Korean leader Kim Jong Un was quoted as saying by the state news agency, KCNA.

Last week, Trump and his top national security advisers said that there are military options available despite doubts from some experts.

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Trump's remarks came in response to the latest ballistic missile test conducted by North Korea.

Also on the agenda: the Iran nuclear deal, Mideast peace, and United Nations reform efforts. "They should do more to find effective ways to resume dialogue and negotiation", he said, while adding that China would never accept North Korea as a nuclear weapons state. New U.N. sanctions cut oil exports to North Korea.

"Sanctions are indeed ineffective, especially in the case of North Korea, because the country is self-sufficient".

"Honestly, I think the United States should be doing. much more than now, so that there's real effective worldwide cooperation on this issue", China's ambassador to the United States, Cui Tiankai, said on Friday.

Haley says President Donald Trump's "fire and fury" threat against North Korea wasn't an empty threat.

Lisa Collins, a fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, said other nations will be watching the United States at the U.N. next week to determine Trump's next steps.

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