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

Moon, Trump agree to thoroughly implement United Nations sanctions on N. Korea

Moon, Trump agree to thoroughly implement United Nations sanctions on N. Korea

"After seeing your capabilities and commitment here today, I am more confident than ever that our options in addressing this threat are both effective and overwhelming", Trump said inside an airplane hangar, surrounded by United States airmen and with a looming stealth bomber positioned behind him.

"(Moon and Trump) agreed to bring stronger and more effective sanctions and pressure to make the North Korean regime realize that provocations will bring tougher diplomatic isolation, and economic pressure that will (put the regime) on the path to ruin", Cheong Wa Dae spokesman Park Soo-hyun said.

Meeting on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly, the three leaders will focus on the rising threat posed by North Korea, including a ballistic missile launch over northern Japan on Friday and Pyongyang's sixth and most powerful nuclear test on September 3, Trump's national security adviser HR McMaster told reporters.

"We will defend our people, our nations, and our civilisation from all who dare to threaten our way of life".

Last week, Trump and his top national security advisers said that there are military options available despite doubts from some experts.

"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 for the DPRK", leader Kim Jong-un reportedly said. "Now it is not what we would prefer to do".

Trump's United Nations envoy called North Korea "reckless". "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. A new set of United Nations sanctions that even Trump declared a "small step", extensive talks and a rhetorical two-step that leaves them where they have been for years.

Responding to a question, Mattis said he is not aware of any effort on the part of South Korea to shoot down the North Korean missile.

In Washington, the White House also provided a summary of the phone conversation, noting it was the second time North Korea had fired a missile over Japan in less than three weeks.

According to Cheong Wa Dae, President Moon Jae-in and US President Donald Trump agreed to cooperate more closely and to work with the worldwide community to further raise the pressure on Pyongyang.

Also today, holding urgent consultations over the ballistic missile launch, the Security Council expressed its grave concern that the DPRK is, by conducting such a launch over Japan as well as its recent actions and public statements, deliberately undermining regional peace and stability and causing grave security concerns around the world.

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