Published: Sun, September 17, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Haley: 'Plenty' of military options available for dealing with North Korea

Haley: 'Plenty' of military options available for dealing with North Korea

"We can never tolerate that North Korea trampled on the worldwide community's strong, united resolve towards peace that has been shown in UN resolutions and went ahead again with this outrageous act", he said on Friday.

On Thursday, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Security Council resolutions "represent the floor, not the ceiling, of the actions we should take".

"What we are seeing is they continue to be provocative, they continue to be reckless".

US Secretary of Defence James Mattis spoke over phone with his Japanese counterpart Itsunori Onodera following the latest North Korean missile launch, the Pentagon said. "That creates openings for other leaders like President Emmanuel Macron of France to step up and say that actually they are the guys who are going to lead the United Nations more effectively from now on". Trump has lambasted a United Nations sanctions package against North Korea passed this week that he says is "not a big deal" that might not have "any impact". The North Koreans must have been confident that their latest test - an audacious advance by some 1,000km on their earlier (29 August) overflight of Japan - would be successful and that the risk of the missile breaking up over Japanese airspace was minimal.

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

Finally, on Thursday the President will meet with the leaders of Turkey, Afghanistan, and Ukraine, before South Korea and Japan, with which he will discuss the world's "most urgent and unsafe security problem", North Korea.

North Korea fired a ballistic missile over the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido Friday, the latest in a stream of missile tests that have looked to defy the global community. Now, however, with North Korea perilously close to being able to directly threaten USA cities with nuclear obliteration, the worry for some is that Pyongyang could blackmail Washington into qualifying or limiting its support for its allies in the region.

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. "China and Russian Federation must indicate their intolerance for these reckless missile launches by taking direct actions of their own", Tillerson said.

"The South Korean government said they fired a missile within minutes afterwards, from their coastline".

While Washington warns of military options, it says it still wants a peaceful solution. "The members of the Security Council strongly condemned these launches, condemned further North Korea for its outrageous actions, and demanded that North Korea immediately cease all such actions", the Security Council said in a statement after an emergency meeting. She said, however, that options for dealing with the regime of Kim Jong Un are not limited to diplomacy.

In the past two years, North Korea has conducted 27 ballistic missile launches and three nuclear tests. North Korea is closer than ever to its goal of building a military arsenal that can viably target both USA troops in Asia and the American homeland.

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