President Trump has military options for North Korea

Donald Trump

USA ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said President Donald Trump's "fire and fury" comment last month about North Korea's nuclear program was not an empty threat. "And at that point there is not a whole lot the security council is going to be able to do from here when you have cut 90% of the trade and 30% of the oil", she 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 United States. Trump is scheduled to address the world body, which he has criticized as weak and incompetent, on Tuesday.

Trump, who will stay in his Manhattan penthouse at Trump Tower, will conclude his stay Thursday with meetings with leaders from Turkey, Afghanistan and Ukraine before holding a lunch with the leaders of South Korea and Japan, largely to discuss the threats emanating from North Korea.

U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said North Korea was starting to "feel the pinch". But, he said, "that's where the rockets are coming from". McMcaster said Kim is "going to have to give up his nuclear weapons because the president has said he's not going to tolerate this regime threatening the United States and our citizens with a nuclear weapon".

"For those who have said and have been commenting about the lack of a military option, there is a military option", he insisted. Some doubt that Kim would ever agree to surrender his arsenal.

Well, I think you have to look at the fact that what he said at the time was accurate. Dianne Feinstein of California, a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee. 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. A trio of missile launches and a hydrogen bomb test that is the communist nation's most powerful to date.

Trump said his administration was working with Japan, South Korea and others on a range of diplomatic and economic measures to protect the United States and its allies against North Korea.


Ambassador Nikki Haley concurred, suggesting that this week's United Nations sanctions were the last shot at sanctioning North Korea, and while they intend to wait awhile to see if they are effective, and after that it would be a matter for the Pentagon to handle. She expected a Trump call for maximum pressure on North Korea. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said he was waiting for the North to express interest in "constructive, productive talks". Meanwhile, the US and South Korea have agreed to increase pressure on North Korea after its latest missile test, the White House said on Sunday.

Meanwhile, US Secretary of Defense James Mattis spoke over phone with his Japanese counterpart Defense Itsunori Onodera following the latest North Korean missile launch, the Pentagon said.

The United Nations Security Council adopted a new round of sanctions on North Korea last Monday in response to the nation's sixth and largest nuclear weapons test. Trump has threatened to rain "fire and fury" on North Korea if the North continued with its threats. Ms Haley said that wasn't an empty threat from the president but, when asked, she declined to describe the president's intentions.

Mr Mattis said earlier this month, after Kim tested a hydrogen bomb, that the U.S. will answer any threat from the North with a "massive military response, a response both effective and overwhelming". And he wants to slash USA financial contributions to the U.N. Richard Gowan is a U.N. expert with the European Council on Foreign Relations.

Trump has been sharply critical of the United Nations in the past, denouncing its "utter weakness and incompetence".

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