Further Pressure May Provoke 'Unpredictable' Response From North Korea

Cheryl Sanders
September 17, 2017

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.

"For those who have said and have been commenting about the lack of a military option, there is a military option", he insisted.

And what have the USA and its allies achieved?

South Korea's President Moon Jae-in and US President Donald Trump agreed to exert stronger pressure through sanctions on North Korea following its nuclear and missile tests.


Nikki Haley says North Korea will be "destroyed" if it continues with what she describes as "reckless" behavior.

In a unanimous statement backed by China, the council said the launch was carried out just three weeks after a first missile overflew Japan and less than two weeks after Pyongyang's sixth and biggest nuclear test.

"Responding to a question, Mattis said he is not aware of any effort on the part of South Korea to shoot down the North Korean missile".

Former top White House aide Steve Bannon told a reporter in August that there are no military solutions for North Korea.


Those arguments were buttressed from within Trump's administration last month when Steven Bannon concurred that America was essentially bluffing about military options, shortly before he was pushed out as the president's strategic adviser.

"Eventually, if its opponents start backing the country into a corner, North Korea may begin selling missile technology".

The missile on Friday traveled 2,300 miles as it flew over Japan on Friday before landing in the northern Pacific Ocean. United Nations Security Council resolutions, including the most recent unanimous sanctions resolution, represent the floor, not the ceiling, of the actions we should take. "Without implementing this, we also will consider it as a non-compliance with the resolution".

The United States and South Korea are technically still at war with North Korea because the 1950-53 Korean conflict ended with a truce and not a peace treaty.


Asked about the prospect for direct talks, a White House spokesman said, "As the president and his national security team have repeatedly said, now is not the time to talk to North Korea".

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