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

17 September 2017

Hours earlier, Pyongyang had fired a missile over Japan and into the Pacific Ocean - its longest missile flight yet - in response to fresh punitive measures imposed by the UN Security Council. Afterward, in a statement, the council condemned the "highly provocative launch" and called on North Korea to reduce tensions on the peninsula.

Trump will meet with South Korean President Moon Jae-in and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly in NY next Thursday, McMaster said.

The ambassador said she has "no problem kicking it to Gen. Mattis", the U.S. Defense Secretary, because "I think he has plenty of options".

"We're out of time", McMaster said. Some 25 million people live in the metropolitan area of Seoul, U.S. ally South Korea's capital, well within range of the North's extensive artillery.

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - South Korea's military says North Korea fired an unidentified missile from its capital Pyongyang in a continuation of weapons tests following its sixth and most powerful nuclear test to date on September 3. 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.

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Earlier this week, the UN Security Council agreed to tighten sanctions on North Korea, banning its textile exports and capping fuel supplies.

The missile flew over northern Japan before falling into the Pacific and follows North Korea's sixth and most powerful nuclear test September 3. But, unlike past presidents, Trump is promoting his "America First" agenda, and he has called for slashing US financial contributions to the United Nations.

He called on all nations to do everything to address "this global problem short of war".

As he welcomes leaders from almost 200 nations to his hometown of NY, he will press them to join USA efforts to constrain missile and nuclear programs in both North Korea and Iran. "This includes the regime of North Korea, which has once again shown its utter contempt for its neighbors and for the entire world community".

"There are no shortage of issues, with North Korea being front and center", said Haley.

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The Trump administration is pressuring China to use its oil deliveries to North Korea as leverage in the nuclear dispute.

On the other hand, the USA and South Korea have announced diminishing willingness to talk to North Korea as it continues its provocative missile launches and nuclear tests.

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