United States military options on North Korea 'very ugly'

United States military options on North Korea 'very ugly'

United States military options on North Korea 'very ugly'

"We will defend our allies and our territory", Haley said.

North Korea's nuclear test has prompted United States, Japan, France, Britain and South Korea to request an emergency United Nations meeting on Monday to talk about the country's weapon testing for the second time in a week. According to her in Washington do not want war.

"War is never something the USA wants". But our country's patience is not unlimited.

"We have kicked the can down the road long enough", Haley said.

USA defense secretary James Mattis issued a statement stating that "any threat" against any U.S. territory "or our allies will be met with a massive military response".

South Korea meanwhile is warning today that its neighbor to the north is preparing to launch a ballistic missile.

As NPR's Elise Hu reported on Sunday from Seoul, Pyongyang claims to have successfully tested a hydrogen bomb and said that it had also coupled the the new weapon with one of its long-range intercontinental ballistic missiles.

Russian Federation is ready to take part in talks to try to solve the North Korean issue but has yet to see any positive impact from sanctions against Pyongyang, a Kremlin spokesman said on Sunday.

He warned that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has calculated that the survival of his regime depends on its development of nuclear weapons.

North Korea has been under United Nations sanctions since 2006 over its ballistic missile and nuclear programs. It has said military drills by South Korea and the United States on the Korean peninsula had done nothing to lessen tensions.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un centre meeting members of the Workers Party of Korea. Image released by official Korean Central News Agency on 4 September
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un centre meeting members of the Workers’ Party of Korea

Despite the tough talk, the immediate focus of the worldwide response was expected to be on tougher economic sanctions against Pyongyang.

Mrs May reiterated the call for "tougher action, including increasing the pace of implementation of existing sanctions and looking urgently in the UN Security Council at new measures" she had made alongside Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe during her visit last week.

"I don't think it's helpful to get into a Twitter shouting match with a 32-year-old dictator in North Korea", Castro said, referencing North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

"If countries want to do business with the United States, they obviously will be working with our allies and others to cut off North Korea economically", Mnuchin told Fox News.

While the United States has virtually no trade with the North, the burden of such sanctions would fall heavily on China, which buys about 90 percent of North Korean exports.

China is the biggest foreign food supplier to North Korea, which has limited farmland and relies on imports to fill the gap.

Shortly after the announcement out of North Korea, Defense Secretary James Mattis said President Trump wanted to be briefed on the "many" possible military options available to respond.

"In light of North Korea's unreasonable and confrontational stance, the chancellor and the president voiced their support for the global community to rapidly adopt additional stricter sanctions", spokesman Steffen Seibert said.

"What is definitely unacceptable to us is that on the one hand we work so hard to peacefully resolve this issue and on the other hand our interests are subject to sanctions and jeopardized", a foreign ministry spokesman, Geng Shuang said at a news briefing. That took place on September 9, the country's Foundation Day holiday. South Korea has claimed that the North is making preparations for another ICBM test.

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