President Donald Trump says he and South Korean President Moon Jae-in (jah-yihn) have discussed North Korea in their latest call. "This includes the regime of North Korea, which has once again shown its utter contempt for its neighbors and for the entire world community".
Just two days ago, North Korea fired a ballistic missile over the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido, the latest in a series of missile tests defying the worldwide community. Although North Korea's supply of refined petroleum products would be significantly reduced, Seoul and Washington had hoped for a complete fuel embargo.
The UNSC referred to the latest launch as a "manifest violation" of Security Council resolutions that comes less than two weeks after the DPRK conducted a test of a nuclear device on 3 September and only three days after the Security Council unanimously adopted fresh sanctions against the country.
"For those who have said and have been commenting about the lack of a military option, there is a military option", he insisted.
President Donald Trump with South Korean President Moon Jae-in on June 29, 2017. She says war is undesirable but adds that "something has got to be done" if North Korea continues to threaten the USA and its allies.
Also today, holding urgent consultations over the ballistic missile launch, the Security Council expressed its grave concern that the DPRK is, by conducting such a launch over Japan as well as its recent actions and public statements, deliberately undermining regional peace and stability and causing grave security concerns around the world.
North Korea said on Saturday it aims to reach an "equilibrium" of military force with the United States, which earlier signaled its patience for diplomacy is wearing thin after Pyongyang fired a missile over Japan for the second time in under a month.
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In his first general debate speech to the assembly slated for Tuesday, Trump "will urge all states to come together to address grave dangers that threaten us all", such as terrorism and North Korea's nuclear ambitions, according to McMaster.
"The leaders shared the importance of implementing the U.N. Security Council resolution under close cooperation with the global community and agreed to continue their discussions on the issue", the Cheong Wa Dae spokesman said.
During the 25-minute call, Trump and Moon condemned the latest missile launch by North Korea, pledging to work with the global community to implement the latest UN Security Council resolution.
Trump's United Nations envoy called North Korea "reckless".
Trump said America and its allies will never be intimidated.
"I don't think that he'll stray too much outside of the boundaries of that", Collins said.