Kim Jong Un vows to achieve 'equilibrium of force' with US

Cheryl Sanders
September 21, 2017

Speaking before the group he once slammed as "ineffective", the president called for United Nations members to work together, but always act in the best interest of their country. He will speak after United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres, U.N. President Miroslav Lajčák and the President of Brazil Michel Terner at around 10:30 a.m.

Trump condemned Friday's test-launch of what North Korea claimed was an intermediate-range Hwasong-12, saying Kim's leadership "has once again shown its utter contempt for its neighbors and for the entire world community".

Kim has threatened Guam, a US territory in the Pacific, and has fired missiles over Japan, a USA ally. He says that America would destroy North Korea if it is forced to defend itself or its allies. A new set of United Nations sanctions that even Trump declared a "small step", extensive talks and a rhetorical two-step that leaves them where they have been for years. "There's no military solution here, they got us".

United Nations Security Council resolutions, including the most recent unanimous sanctions resolution, represent the floor, not the ceiling, of the actions we should take.

"We said to it we're a responsible member of the global community and we fulfill the UN Security Council's resolutions diligently but this resolution also stipulates the political measures that also should be fulfilled", Nebenzya said.

During telephone talks Friday, Abe and Moon agreed to ensure close trilateral coordination with the United States in stepping up pressure on North Korea, according to the Japanese Foreign Ministry.

Referring to Security Council sanctions resolutions, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley, who also attended the press conference, said, "That's going to take a little bit of time, but it has already started to take effect".

About 130 world leaders are attending this year's global gathering, but all eyes will be on Trump, whose "America First" agenda has alarmed both allies and foes.

The leaders of the 193 member states of the United Nations began arriving in NY on Monday.

It marks the first visit by a high-level Chinese military official since South Korea and the United States agreed to deploy the advanced THAAD missile defense system on the peninsula previous year. USA national security adviser H.R. McMaster said the conversations would be wide-ranging, but that "Iran's destabilizing behavior" would be a major focus of Trump's discussions with both leaders. President Trump will address the rogue nation in his address.

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