Wednesday, 18 October, 2017

Trump, South Korean leader talk tougher North Korea sanctions

A TV screen in Tokyo shows a report that North Korea has test-fired a ballistic missile over Japan A TV screen in Tokyo shows a report that North Korea has test-fired a ballistic missile over Japan
Melinda Barton | 17 September, 2017, 17:10

And what have the USA and its allies achieved?

And there's little sign that talks involving the U.S., North Korea and other interested countries can be arranged amid the nearly weekly barrage of weapons tests and threats, let alone stop the North's determined nuclear march.

The worldwide community is scrambling to contain an increasingly belligerent North Korea, which in recent weeks has prompted global alarm by conducting its sixth and largest nuclear test and firing long-range missiles over Japan that it says could reach the U.S. mainland.

"We've got to talk", DeLury told Fox News.

"As Kim Jong-Un's most recent launch demonstrates, this is one of the world's most urgent and unsafe security problems", he added.

McMaster called for "rigorous enforcement" by all United Nations member states of UN sanctions on North Korea, including the latest package that for the first time capped oil supply to the country, as a way of compelling it to alter its provocative behavior.

Guterres will be discussing the situation on the Korean Peninsula with all concerned parties in the margins of the upcoming high level week of the UN General Assembly.

At the White House, McMaster called on nations to aggressively enforce recent U.N. sanctions to increase economic pressure.

Mr Cui said the U.S., not China, needed to take more responsibility for the issue.

"For those who have said, and been commenting about a lack of a military option, there is a military option", McMaster said.

"The two leaders agreed on more practical and stronger pressure.to make the North Korean regime realise that further provocation will only bring stronger diplomatic isolation and economic pressure leading to a path of collapse", the South's presidential office said in a statement.

Moon also stressed the need to strengthen South Korea's military capabilities as well as those of the South Korea-US alliance.

Those arguments were buttressed from within Trump's administration last month when Steven Bannon concurred that America was essentially bluffing about military options, shortly before he was pushed out as the president's strategic adviser.

Mattis told reporters on his way to Mexico that as a result of the North Korean missile test, tens of millions of Japanese people were seen going into duck and cover, which was the second time that they've had to do that since World War II.

The United Nations Security Council on Friday condemned the launch of yet another ballistic missile by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) and called on the country's leadership to halt such activities and explore resumption of honest dialogue on denuclearisation. "Hopefully there will be coordination with allies on their policy lines before he adds anything to the speech about North Korea".