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McMaster says there is military option against N. Korea

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McMaster says there is military option against N. Korea

"As Kim Jong-Un's most recent launch demonstrates, this is one of the world's most urgent and risky security problems", he added. North Korea also has the world's largest standing army.

"Mattis and Onodera agreed that the North Korean provocation called for a strong demonstration of a unified front between the US, Japan, and the Republic of Korea, and agreed on the importance of robust trilateral defence cooperation between the three nations", he said.

Ahead of President Donald Trump's first U.N. General Assembly next week in New York, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders is expected discuss the president's goals for the summit, as well as his speech to world leaders while there, in a news briefing Friday.

Experts have long questioned if the USA could indeed attack North Korea, given its ability to cause massive casualties south of the border. Relaxing the last of these principles would enable Japan to reintroduce USA tactical nuclear weapons to Japan, not only bolstering Japan's ability (with United States support) to deter North Korea, but also importantly reinforcing the commitment by Washington to defend Japan.

North Korea on Friday fired a missile which flew over Japan, but resulted in Japanese citizens being told to take cover. 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. Afterward, in a statement, the council condemned the "highly provocative launch" and called on North Korea to reduce tensions on the peninsula. "Now, it's not what we would prefer to do", McMaster said.

Up until recently, U.S. assurances to Japan and South Korea have been enough to keep both Seoul and Tokyo closely aligned with Washington in their responses to the North Korean threat.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe called for new sanctions "to be firmly imposed" in response to the latest North Korean missile test that violated Japanese airspace. "China and Russian Federation must indicate their intolerance for these reckless missile launches by taking direct actions of their own", Tillerson said. Equally, as the North moves closer to placing a miniaturised nuclear warhead on a missile capable of hitting a United States city with pinpoint accuracy, how great is the risk that the U.S. might feel compelled to preemptively attack the North to prevent Kim from threatening the USA with a nuclear attack? 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.

"We call on all nations to take new measures against the Kim [Jong Un] regime", the top USA diplomat said.

"I think it's a signal that the US takes the General Assembly much less seriously than it did under President Obama", said Gowan. A trio of missile launches and a hydrogen bomb test that is the communist nation's most powerful to date.

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

At the beginning of this year, North Korea's Kim announced plans to develop an intercontinental ballistic missile that could strike the US mainland.

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