McMaster to South Korea: US will pay for missile defense system

Cheryl Sanders
May 3, 2017

Tillerson, in a U.N. Security Council meeting on North Korea on Friday, repeated the Trump administration's position that all options were on the table if Pyongyang persisted with its nuclear and missile development.

The missile blew up shortly just launch, officials said.

Meanwhile, on Friday, Tillerson warned of "catastrophic consequences" if the U.N. Security Council did not act, saying it was "likely only a matter of time before North Korea develops the capability to strike the US mainland".

When asked whether the United States has to do something regarding North Korea, McMaster said, "Well yes, we do have to do something, and so we have to do something, again, with partners in the region and globally, and that involves enforcement of the UN sanctions that are in place".

The North, defying mounting U.S. pressure, launched its latest missile test on Saturday, which South Korea said failed.

The White House has said it would reach out to the Vatican to arrange an audience when Trump travels to Sicily at the end of May for a G7 summit. Tillerson's Chinese counterpart, Wang Yi, was also at the meeting.

"The key to this is China and if the Chinese can put the brakes on this", McCain said.

North Korea has filed a number of missiles this year, with mixed success.

"I urged Russian Federation to play a constructive role in dealing with North Korea", Abe told reporters in London.

Despite the failure, the launch was condemned by South Korea and Japan. "But he understands we're not going to be very happy", Trump said of the country's leader, Kim Jong Un. French Ambassador Francois Delattre said it supports America and others in seeking to maximize pressure on the North Korean government.

The US President is famously guarded about his strategic military thinking, but suggested that his administration will be the one to de-fang Kim. The launch, which failed shortly after lift-off, came after recent US pressure on North Korea to cease its provocative behavior.

The US is deploying a naval strike group led by an aircraft carrier to the Korean peninsula, and a missile- defence system called Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD). Dave Benham, a spokesman for the US Pacific Command. "I can't guarantee to world leaders that he will always listen to them, but he has so far...sometimes it's important to watch what the president does rather than what he says". Instead, he raised the possibility of North Korea suspending its nuclear and missile activities and the United States and South Korea halting military drills in the region.

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