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

Japan-ROK-US to meet amid DPRK provocations

Japan-ROK-US to meet amid DPRK provocations

President Donald Trump will embark on a whirlwind series of meetings next week at the United Nations General Assembly to make two big asks of the world: Stand with us against North Korea, and hold the line against Iran's nuclear program.

The president will meet with South Korean President Moon Jae-in and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly in NY next Thursday, McMaster said.

McMaster and Haley both insisted that the USA does have military options in the dispute, contrary to conventional wisdom that the city of Seoul's vulnerability to a North Korean counterattack rules out the possibility of a strike.

"We have strangled their economic situation at this point", Haley said, adding that the effects will take "a little bit of time".

"As Kim Jong Un's most recent missile launch demonstrates, North Korea remains one of the world's most urgent and risky security problems", McMaster said, in reference to the North's defiant leader.

Trump has called for U.N. reform to bring down "out of control" costs and complained that the United States funds 22 percent of the U.N. budget and almost 30 percent of U.N. peacekeeping duties. "First of all, there is consensus among all key nations that denuclearization of the Korean peninsula is the only acceptable objective". Her willingness to work in the United Nations system was likely to affect Trump's tone at the gathering, said one European diplomat, who spoke on condition of anonymity. She acknowledged that foreign leaders are curious about how the unpredictable US president will maneuver.

On Thursday, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Security Council resolutions "represent the floor, not the ceiling, of the actions we should take". While Washington warns of military options, it says it still wants a peaceful solution.

But, she stressed, if North Korea continues to be provocative and "reckless", there will not be much the Security Council will be able to do.

Trump, who took office in January, will emphasize the need for states to promote peace and prosperity, while upholding sovereignty and accountability as indispensable foundations of the global order, he said.

The new U.N. Security Council sanctions cut 55 percent of the refined petroleum products going to North Korea, and fully ban all joint ventures with the country.

Promoting an "America First" agenda at the United Nations.

Friends, diplomats and foreign policy experts will be watching Trump for any signs that globalists in his White House have gained traction since the departure of nationalist champions such as former chief strategist Steve Bannon.

By very publicly demonstrating that he not been deterred by Trump's warning of "fire and fury" if he threatened the US or its allies, Kim has challenged the US President's ability to draw clear strategic red lines and to follow through on his warning of a military response to the young autocrat's repeated provocations.

"I don't even think if he walked up with remarks that we would know what he'd say".

The ambassador said she has "no problem kicking it to Gen. Mattis", the U.S. Defense Secretary, because "I think he has plenty of options".

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