Sunday, 17 December, 2017

Donald Trump warns North Korea of 'overwhelming' options

Melinda Barton | 17 September, 2017, 20:07

"Our final goal is to establish the equilibrium of real force with the US and make the USA rulers dare not talk about military option", Kim was quoted as saying by the official Korean Central News Agency, during a visit to oversee Friday's missile launch.

". Additional provocations will only further isolate the country (North Korea) diplomatically and economically, and will eventually lead down the path of its own collapse".

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

Also today, holding urgent consultations over the ballistic missile launch, the Security Council expressed its grave concern that the DPRK is, by conducting such a launch over Japan as well as its recent actions and public statements, deliberately undermining regional peace and stability and causing grave security concerns around the world.

North Korea's latest missile launch renewed discussion in the Trump administration about how military force could be used to stop Kim's development of nuclear warheads and ballistic missiles.

"After seeing our capabilities, I am more confident than ever that our options are not only effective but overwhelming", Trump said.

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. A trio of missile launches and a hydrogen bomb test that is the communist nation's most powerful to date.

Trump said America and its allies will never be intimidated.

"What we are seeing is, they are continuing to be provocative, they are continuing to be reckless and at that point there's not a whole lot the Security Council is going to be able to do from here, when you've cut 90 percent of the trade and 30 percent of the oil", Haley said. North Korea also has the world's largest standing army.

How has North Korea responded in the five weeks since President Donald Trump threated Pyongyang with "fire and fury?"

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.