US, Allies 'Will Not Be Intimidated' by North Korea

Elias Hubbard
September 23, 2017

The top USA officials said that it will take time to see how the latest round of U.N. Security Council resolutions might change North Korea's behavior, but that after these measures there's not much more that the diplomatic body can do to punish North Korea.

Haley briefed reporters alongside National Security Adviser Gen. H.R. McMaster, after the intermediate range ballistic missile traveled for 19 minutes before landing in the Pacific Ocean, according to South Korea's military.

President Donald Trump has responded to North Korea's most recent missile launch with a vow that the United States and its allies will not be intimidated. "That takes us a little while, as we amass everything and analyse it", Mattis said.

The US ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, said trade with North Korea would be cut 90 per cent after the "massive sanctions" package agreed by the Security Council. He noted, however, that there is not an endless deadline for their success.

Lisa Collins, a fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, said other nations will be watching the United States at the U.N. next week to determine Trump's next steps.

There is time needed, though, for any strategy to work, but enforced sanctions are "a sound approach to a very hard problem, and we will see if it succeeds", said McMaster. "It's not what we'd prefer to do".

"In case North Korea undertakes provocations against us or our ally, we have the power to destroy them beyond recovery", added Moon, once seen as a liberal dove. "We must make North Korea understand this", Abe said.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Mr. Trump "is still 100 percent committed to the wall", after House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said the president made a deal with them about the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program that excludes a border wall.

"This is not the kind of environment he likes, but this is the kind of environment the US president has to plunge into once a year", Alterman said. The president will give remarks to the assembly on Tuesday, and meet with the leaders of South Korea and Japan on Thursday.

Vice President Mike Pence also will conduct briefings to the Human Rights Council and another on peacekeeping. "There's not a whole lot the Security Council is going to be able to do from here". (2200 GMT Thursday) in parts of northern Japan, while many residents received alerts on their mobile phones or saw warnings on TV telling them to seek refuge.

Trump has promised not to allow North Korea to threaten the United States with a nuclear-tipped missile.

"So having said that, I have no problem kicking it to (Defence Secretary Jim) General Mattis because I think he has plenty of options", said Nikki Haley, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations.

Also during the briefing, McMaster was asked what Trump meant in a tweet about the early morning terror attack in London, when he claimed the perpetrators "were in the sights of Scotland Yard". "Scotland Yard has been a leader as our Federal Bureau of Investigation has been a leader".

Meanwhile, when it comes to sanctions, they are proving effective, said Haley.

"I think what the president was communicating".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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