Donald Trump warns North Korea of 'overwhelming' options

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The UNSC referred to the latest launch as a "manifest violation" of Security Council resolutions that comes less than two weeks after the DPRK conducted a test of a nuclear device on September 3, and only three days after the Security Council unanimously adopted fresh sanctions against the country.

On Thursday, U.S. secretary of state Tillerson called on China, Pyongyang's only ally, and Russian Federation to apply more pressure on North Korea by "taking direct actions of their own".

Former top White House aide Steve Bannon told a reporter in August that there are no military solutions for North Korea. "This includes the regime of North Korea, which has once again shown its utter contempt for its neighbors and for the entire world community".

South Korea's President Moon Jae-in and US President Donald Trump agreed to exert stronger pressure through sanctions on North Korea following its nuclear and missile tests.

"President Trump and President Moon committed to continuing to take steps to strengthen deterrence and defense capabilities, and to maximize economic and diplomatic pressure on North Korea", the White House said in a statement. Only now, the threat is heightened.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has vowed to achieve the "final goal" of "equilibrium of force" with the United States, to make Washington "dare not talk about" military action against the country.

The ambassador also blasted the U.S. for escalating confrontation with North Korea and for its obsession with reversing Pyongyang's "development of nuclear force, which has already reached the completion phase", according to RIA Novosti.

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. But the North has ignored countless global reproaches previously.

Last week, Trump and his top national security advisers said that there are military options available despite doubts from some experts. "Now it's not what we prefer to do".

Experts have long questioned if the US could indeed attack North Korea, given its ability to cause massive casualties south of the border.

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