Published: Wed, September 20, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

China must take more steps to deter N Korea: McMaster

China must take more steps to deter N Korea: McMaster

US President Donald Trump, who was due to address the United Nations in NY tomorrow, spoke by phone to his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping today, with the White House saying the two men were committed to "maximising pressure on North Korea".

The UN Security Council passed a new round of sanctions against North Korea last week, following Pyongyang's sixth nuclear test, which restricted the regime's oil supply and ban its textile exports.

She also raised the prospect of United States military action against North Korea if the North continues its missile and nuclear tests.

"We wanted to be responsible and go through all diplomatic means to get their attention first".

The US Pacific Command confirmed Friday's rocket was an intermediate-range ballistic missile (IRBM), and Seoul's defence ministry said it probably travelled around 3,700km, hurtling to a maximum altitude of 770km.

Donald Trump's administration ramped up the pressure on North Korea on Sunday ahead of a week of high-stakes diplomacy at the United Nations, warning Pyongyang will be "destroyed" if it refuses to end its "reckless" nuclear and ballistic missile drive. We know enough today to act.

A senior White House official told reporters said Trump would be "extremely tough" on North Korea when he delivers a speech at the UN General Assembly on Tuesday. "We have to make sure all options are under development to ensure that this regime can not threaten the world with a nuclear weapon", he said.

Kim Jong Un has pledged to continue the North's programs, saying his country is nearing its goal of "equilibrium" in military force with the US.

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North Korea has been the most perplexing foreign policy problem facing the Trump administration in its first year in office, with their now repeated missile tests and one nuclear test putting pressure on the President to have a plan should tensions escalate.

"If we do use it on North Korea, it will be a very sad day for North Korea".

Meanwhile, Russia and China naval forces conducted drills near Russia's border with North Korea, Reuters reported on Monday.

He said: "Each new day equipment is delivered, new and attractive equipment, the best in the world".

China is North Koreas largest trading partner and the U.S. has urged Beijing to use diplomatic and economic pressure - such as limiting its role as the main exporter of oil - to dissuade Kim Jong Uns regime from pursuing nuclear weapons. "Too bad!" Trump tweeted, apparently finding a new nickname for Kim (McMaster confirmed that that was probably Trump's intention).

The United States backed by Japan, South Korea and its western allies are pushing for a strong global response to North Korea after it conducted its sixth and most powerful nuclear test and fired missiles over Japan.

Vice President Mike Pence will conduct two briefings, one on human rights and another on peacekeeping, Haley said, adding the USA has helped save $500 million on peacekeeping efforts. "As we speak, we are literally at it right now, and you will be seeing what we'll be doing". "I think it was the fact that he was just very concerned and very disturbed that these terrorist attacks keep happening in Great Britain".

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