June 21, 2018

Trump to work on building business ties at United Nations assembly

17 September 2017, 12:56 | Devin Moran

US Ambassador to UN Nikki Haley and National Security Adviser H.R. Mc Master speak at the White House on Friday

US Ambassador to UN Nikki Haley and National Security Adviser H.R. Mc Master speak at the White House on Friday

And there's little sign that talks involving the U.S., North Korea and other interested countries can be arranged amid the nearly weekly barrage of weapons tests and threats, let alone stop the North's determined nuclear march. A trio of missile launches and a hydrogen bomb test that is the communist nation's most powerful to date.

On Friday, the U.N. Security Council condemned North Korea's "highly provocative" test of an intermediate-range missile, which hurtled over US ally Japan into the northern Pacific Ocean.

South Korea's military reported the missile reached an altitude of about 770 kilometers (475 miles) and flew 3,700 kilometers (2,300 miles), far enough to reach the U.S. Pacific territory of Guam.

In April, Trump said the worldwide body was an "underperformer, but has tremendous potential".

Up until recently, U.S. assurances to Japan and South Korea have been enough to keep both Seoul and Tokyo closely aligned with Washington in their responses to the North Korean threat. "That creates openings for other leaders like President Emmanuel Macron of France to step up and say that actually they are the guys who are going to lead the United Nations more effectively from now on". She said, however, that options for dealing with the regime of Kim Jong Un are not limited to diplomacy.

US President Donald Trump has scheduled talks with leaders of Japan and South Korea to address the crisis.

"At that point, you know, there's not a whole lot the Security Council is going to be able to do", Ambassador Nikki Haley said, claiming global sanctions already have cut off 90 percent of North Korea's trade and 30 percent of its oil.

US Secretary of Defence James Mattis spoke over phone with his Japanese counterpart Itsunori Onodera following the latest North Korean missile launch, the Pentagon said.

While U.S. officials say they prefer a diplomatic solution to this nuclear standoff, military force is also an option.

Previous administrations have pressed the embrace change.

He said North Korea's launch hours earlier showed Pyongyang's "utter contempt for its neighbors and for the entire world community".

Tillerson noted that China, which supplies North Korea with most of its oil, and Russian Federation, as the largest employer of North Korean forced labor, have a unique responsibility in the diplomatic situation.

Trump said America and its allies will never be intimidated.

Trump's United Nations envoy called North Korea "reckless".

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. After the new sanctions were imposed Monday, North Korea called for the Security Council to be broken up, accusing it of being a "tool of evil" working for the United States.

"I think it's a signal that the US takes the General Assembly much less seriously than it did under President Obama", said Gowan.

Beyond this, however, their needs to be much more active consultation between Washington and its two allies, both bilaterally and trilaterally, on the details of coordinated deterrence policy in response to future security provocations from North Korea.

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