21 September, 2017
Fears of a military confrontation are increasing.
Addressing the Air Force conference on Tuesday, service chief Gen. David Goldfein echoed Mattis, confirming the Pentagon has war plans ready for North Korea, should the need arise. It also exploded its most powerful nuclear bomb to date.
It is the ninth round of United Nations sanctions to hit North Korea since 2006.
Still, the impasse is no closer to being resolved. While our organization specializes in issues relating to the western hemisphere, we also condemn the perpetration- or threat- of violence against people throughout the globe.
"So the fact that President Trump acknowledged this aspect, something that the Japanese have been trying to get him to acknowledge for a long time, I think plays to the Japanese in an emotional way".
"Everybody wants to talk about, 'Donald Trump is escalating things.' He isn't. So, I will tell you that look - this is a way of getting people to talk about him, but every other worldwide community is referring to him as Rocket Man".
The council last week adopted the latest sanctions, a significant ratcheting-up of the punitive measures aimed at cutting off revenue used by Pyongyang to develop its military programs. The Olympics may also be a variable in adjusting the schedule or intensity of the Key Resolve joint exercises held by South Korea and the USA every February to March. This, however, would make the North Korean leader "even more bent" on developing the nuclear and ballistic missile programme that he views as critical to his country's survival, he added.
The Iranian leader told reporters that "if the United States government exits the agreement, undoubtedly it will be condemned by the American people themselves, and before that by the European Union and all countries throughout the world".
The Obama administration, which forged the Iran deal, never lost an opportunity to point out how it showed Washington was willing to reach a deal with an adversary prepared to negotiate in good faith.
Pyongyang may be completely uninterested. Dr Choi Kang, vice-president of research at Seoul think-tank Asan Institute for Policy Studies, said it could be seen as a "targeted message" to China and Russian Federation, to do more to impose sanctions on the North. "That's a unsafe place to be".
"If (Trump) was thinking about surprising us with dog-barking sounds then he is clearly dreaming".
In Germany, Chancellor Angela Merkel said she would do everything in her power to ensure a diplomatic solution.
"I am against such threats", Merkel said in an interview with the radio station Deutsche Welle.
Speaking at the United Nations on Thursday, Mr Moon took a less confrontational stance than Mr Trump and Mr Abe in their addresses to the world body.