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Seoul, US agree on 'stronger, more practical' pressure on Pyongyang

17 September 2017

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.

'At that point, you know, there's not a whole lot the Security Council is going to be able to do from here, when you've cut 90 percent of the trade, and 30 percent of the oil, ' Haley said Friday at the White House's daily briefing with reporters.

Next Tuesday's address will be Trump's first before the General Assembly, Haley continued, and they are all "very anxious" to hear what he will say.

'I think what the president's saying is this is just the beginning of what we can do, ' she stated. "For those who've been commenting about the lack of a military option, there is a military option".

Experts have long questioned if the USA could indeed attack North Korea, given its ability to cause massive casualties south of the border.

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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.

It could also be short-hand for the kind of military action that Trump has repeatedly refused to rule out. On Tuesday, in addition to his General Assembly speech, Trump will meet with the emir of Qatar, whose kingdom is embroiled in a dispute with other Middle East nations, including Saudi Arabia, over alleged funding of terror groups.

The heavy sanctions that went into effect this week were for a nuclear test conducted earlier this month.

North Korea's latest missile launch renewed discussion in the Trump administration about how military force could be used to stop Kim Jong Un's development of nuclear warheads and ballistic missiles.

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.

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Haley said she remains committed to trying to push through as many diplomatic options as possible.

"The United Kingdom stands with the people of Japan in face of this awful, egregious, illegal, provocative, reckless act by the North Korean regime, which once again demonstrates their complete disregard for the sovereignty and the citizens of one of their neighbours", the British Ambassador to the UN, Matthew Rycroft told reporters after the meeting of the Security Council. "Now, it's not what we would prefer to do".

"What we have to do, is call on all nations, call on everyone to do everything they can", said McMaster.

'So that is implementing now these significant sanctions that have just now gone into place, and it is convincing everyone to do everything that they can.

The U.S. president has a chance to surprise global leaders with a shift toward coalition-building on the world stage, Alterman said, noting Trump's recent outreach domestically to his political opponents in the Democratic Party.

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Seoul, US agree on 'stronger, more practical' pressure on Pyongyang