North Korea missile launch spawns United States military 'show of force'

Posted September 22, 2017

"No country conducts a nuclear test in border areas, but North Korea poses a grave threat to China by enforcing the nuclear test in a place very close to China", rights activist Yu Yunfeng, who led the protest, was cited as saying.

Mr Rudd outlined three possible scenarios.

"If our diplomatic efforts fail, our military option will be only option left", US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Sunday, a day before the UN General Assembly is to meet in NY, where North Korea is top on the agenda.

"We want to give him no incentive to use the weapons, and that's why deterrence is such a critical thing at this point in time", he said.

The final option was new diplomacy and a grand bargain that went to the bottom line of Chinese concerns.

The UN Security Council, which condemned the launch as "highly provocative", will hold a new ministerial-level meeting Thursday on the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, focused on enforcing sanctions on the North Korean regime. The Japanese government said the missile landed in waters about 1,240 miles east of the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido.

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"It clearly showed how seriously the United States government views North Korea's nuclear programme as the president spent an unusual amount of time discussing the issue", the office of South Korean President Moon Jae-in said in a statement. North Korean rhetoric never threatens a gratuitous attack upon the USA or its allies, but rather a fierce rejoinder should their country be attacked.

On the other side of the ledger, it needed to address the cessation of the nuclear program and abolition of the existing arsenal, Mr Rudd said.

North Korea, which has conducted more than 80 missile tests under third-generation leader Kim, says it needs its weapons to protect itself from US aggression.

A more promising avenue would be to go after North Korea's enablers, like China and Russian Federation.

Park Soo-hyun, a Moon spokesman, said that Trump's comments "reaffirmed the need to put maximum sanctions and pressure against North Korea's nuclear and missile provocations" so that Pyongyang realizes that abandoning its nuclear weapons is the only way forward.

The US flexed its military muscle against the isolated country on Monday, flying four F-35B stealth fighter jets and two B-1B bombers over the Korean peninsula.

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"Previously, such support (towards North Korea) were launched within months after the decision was made", he said.

That one-on-one will be followed by a lunch hosted by the U.S. President along with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

It's the South Korean president's debut on the United Nations stage.

The US military could not immediately confirm the latest flights.

"The global community must remain united and enforce sanctions against North Korea after its repeated launch of ballistic missiles", Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said in an editorial published in the New York Times on Sunday.

Speaking at Joint Base Andrews, the Air Force installation outside Washington on Friday, Trump declared that American military options were robust should they be required to respond to threats from Pyongyang.

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