United Nations envoy slams North Korea's 'reckless' behavior

Remigio Civitarese
Settembre 17, 2017

While Washington warns of military options, it says it still wants a peaceful solution. Kim added the North's goal of completing its nuclear force had "nearly reached the terminal".

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.

Standing before a B-2 stealth bomber and a vast USA flag, Donald Trump on Friday (Sept 15) lashed out at North Korea warned that advanced U.S. weaponry could make the souls of America's enemies "crumble". Only now, the threat is heightened.

Trump will meet with the leaders of France and Israel on Monday before holding a dinner with Latin American leaders that evening, Trump's national security adviser H.R. McMaster told reporters.

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

Hours earlier, Pyongyang had fired a missile over Japan and into the Pacific Ocean - its longest missile flight yet - in response to fresh punitive measures imposed by the U.N. Security Council. We need a different approach: North Korea should be presented with opportunities for cooperation; the country should be drawn into various organizations to become bound by a mesh of worldwide obligations. "We call on all nations to take new measures against the Kim regime".

"After seeing our capabilities, I am more confident than ever that our options are not only effective but overwhelming", Trump said. "Now it's not what we prefer to do".

". Additional provocations will only further isolate the country (North Korea) diplomatically and economically, and will eventually lead down the path of its own collapse". Some 25 million people live in the metropolitan area of Seoul, U.S. ally South Korea's capital, well within range of the North's extensive artillery.

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

Trump also tweeted about the phone call. The North accuses the United States, which has 28,500 troops in South Korea, of planning to invade and regularly threatens to destroy it and its Asian allies.

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