Trump Adviser Says Military Option Not Preferred for North Korea

Trump Adviser Says Military Option Not Preferred for North Korea

"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. 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. Last month, North Korea launched a Hwasong-12 intermediate-range ballistic missile that passed over Hokkaido and traveled about 1,700 miles, reaching a height of almost 340 miles.

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

South Korea's military reported the missile reached an altitude of about 770 kilometers and flew 3,700 kilometers, far enough to reach the U.S. Pacific territory of Guam.

The United Nations Security Council voted unanimously on a US -drafted resolution and a new round of sanctions on Monday, banning North Korea's textile exports and capping fuel supplies.

The South Korean military responded to the provocation from the North by launching a Hyunmoo-II missile into the sea that traveled the distance it would take to reach the Sunan airfield in Pyongyang, according to a military spokesman.

U.S. President Donald Trump has vowed that North Korea will never be allowed to threaten the United States with a nuclear-tipped missile, but has also asked China to do more to rein in its neighbour.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has called for new sanctions "to be firmly imposed" in response to this latest North Korean missile test that violated Japanese airspace.

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. Japan also convened a National Security Council meeting. "China and Russian Federation must indicate their intolerance for these reckless missile launches by taking direct actions of their own", Tillerson said.

The launch is the second to flyover Japan in less than a month, and the first since North Korea's sixth nuclear test and new United Nations sanctions on the country. A trio of missile launches and a hydrogen bomb test that is the communist nation's most powerful to date.

North Korean state news agency KCNA has, reportedly, threatened to sink all tfour islands of Japan.

The Trump administration has called the development of a North Korean ICBM an unacceptable existential threat. McMaster said the US has "run out of road". Washington has tried to work with Beijing to restrain its ally in Pyongyang through economic sanctions.

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

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