McMaster: 'We Are Out of Time' With North Korea

Trump warns North Korea of ´overwhelming´ options
Trump warns North Korea of ´overwhelming´ options
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17 September, 2017

North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un, who oversaw the latest missile test, has said the launch increased the "combat power of the nuclear force", according to the North's official KCNA news agency.

'By the time we get going on this, if we have to go further, this is going to look small, compared to what we do, ' Haley contended. That could include single-handed sanctions on countries that do any trade whatsoever with North Korea, as Trump has said. Only now, the threat is heightened.

The president's national security adviser H.R. McMaster said of war with North Korea: "Now, it's not what we would prefer to do".

"Our final goal is to establish the equilibrium of real force with the USA and make the United States rulers dare not talk about military option for the DPRK", Kim was cited as saying in the report. 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. Like his predecessors, Trump has opted for choices somewhere in between: economic sanctions and talk of eventual diplomacy or military action, depending on how North Korea responds.

Two days after the UN Security Council unanimously adopted a US-draft resolution slapping new sanctions on North Korea, the pariah nation for the second time in less than three weeks fired a second missile over northern Japan. But the North has ignored countless worldwide reproaches previously.

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

Experts have long questioned if the US could indeed attack North Korea, given its ability to cause massive casualties south of the border. Although North Korea's supply of refined petroleum products would be significantly reduced, Seoul and Washington had hoped for a complete fuel embargo.

Meanwhile, the US Defense Department said Friday that Defense Secretary James Mattis and his Japanese counterpart Itsunori Onodera agreed during their telephone talks the previous day that the latest North Korean provocation "called for a strong demonstration of a unified front" between the United States, Japan and South Korea.

Over the course of four days, beginning Monday, Trump will engage in a speed round of diplomacy that may test his patience for the notoriously factionalized, lethargic institution as well as his preference for one-on-one dealmaking in which the USA always holds the strongest hand.

Trump's first U.N. General Assembly follows overseas visits early in his presidency to the Mideast, where he sought to bolster relations with Saudi Arabia and reignite the Mideast peace process, and to Europe, where Western allies were alarmed by the president's inconsistent commitment to the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation alliance and his withdrawal from the Paris climate accords. And right now, I don't have any more forensics on it.


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