United Nations Security Council condemns highly provocative North Korea missile launch

Marie Harrington
September 17, 2017

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. "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.

"After seeing our capabilities, I am more confident than ever that our options are not only effective but overwhelming", Trump said. Now, however, with North Korea perilously close to being able to directly threaten United States cities with nuclear obliteration, the worry for some is that Pyongyang could blackmail Washington into qualifying or limiting its support for its allies in the region. North Korean officials say the tests are part of a process of seeking "equilibrium" with the US.

The U.N. Security Council has scheduled an emergency meeting on North Korea's missile launch.

"We've been kicking the can down the road, and we're out of road", H.R. McMaster, Trump's national security adviser, told reporters on Friday.

Standing before a B-2 stealth bomber and a vast USA flag, Donald Trump on Friday lashed out at North Korea warned that advanced U.S. weaponry could make the souls of America's enemies "crumble". 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.

"What we have to do is call on all nations, call on everyone to do everything we can to address this global problem short of war", he advised. But, unlike past presidents, Trump is promoting his "America First" agenda, and he has called for slashing USA financial contributions to the United Nations.

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"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.

North Korea on Friday fired a missile which flew over Japan, but resulted in Japanese citizens being told to take cover.

McMaster said that reform of the U.N.is very much on the table at the meeting in general, with focus on ideas for making the notoriously inefficient organization, whose biennial core budget is $5.4 billion, more streamlined.

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

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.

The Trump administration has called the development of a North Korean ICBM an unacceptable existential threat.

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