Trump, South Korean leader vow to increase pressure on North Korea

Trump, South Korean leader vow to increase pressure on North Korea

US President Donald Trump will hold a series of meetings with world leaders on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly meeting next week in NY, the White House said on Friday.

"After seeing our capabilities, I am more confident than ever that our options are not only effective but overwhelming", Trump said.

The Blue House said Moon and Trump had strongly condemned the latest missile launch by North Korea, and agreed that the two nations would work with the worldwide community to implement the latest UN Security Council's resolution 2375, Park said.

Hours earlier, Pyongyang had fired a missile over Japan and into the Pacific Ocean - its longest missile flight yet - in response to fresh punitive measures imposed by the U.N. Security Council.

The launch is the 14th missile test conducted by North Korea in 2017.

America's ambassador to the United Nations is raising the prospect of US military action against North Korea if the North continues its missile and nuclear tests.

US options range from everything to accepting North Korea as a nuclear power to using military force in a bid to destroy its arsenal and even oust leader Kim Jong Un.

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Mattis told reporters on his way to Mexico that as a result of the North Korean missile test, tens of millions of Japanese people were seen going into duck and cover, which was the second time that they've had to do that since World War II.

Terming the ballistic missile launch as "highly provocative", the Council members "condemned further the DPRK for its outrageous actions, and demanded that the [the country] immediately cease all such actions".

"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".

Those arguments were buttressed from within Trump's administration last month when Steven Bannon concurred that America was essentially bluffing about military options, shortly before he was pushed out as the president's strategic adviser.

Global equities investors largely shrugged off the latest missile test by North Korea as shares on Wall Street set new highs on Friday. But the North has ignored countless worldwide reproaches previously.

Russia's U.N. ambassador, Vassily Nebenzia, said the United States needed to begin talks with North Korea, something that Washington has so far ruled out. The North accuses the United States, which has 28,500 troops in South Korea, of planning to invade and regularly threatens to destroy it and its Asian allies.

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