Trump to 'slap' foes, embrace friends in first United Nations speech, says envoy

US options on North Korea effective and overwhelming Trump

US options on North Korea effective and overwhelming Trump

US President Donald Trump and South Korean President Moon Jae-in "gravely condemned" North Korea's latest missile test on Thursday and promised "stronger" sanctions on Pyongyang during a phone conversation on Sunday, a South Korean government spokesman said after the call.

And there's little sign that talks involving the U.S., North Korea and other interested countries can be arranged amid the nearly weekly barrage of weapons tests and threats, let alone stop the North's determined nuclear march.

The two leaders plan to work with the global community to implement U.N. Security Council resolution 2375, meant to put maximum economic and diplomatic pressure on North Korea following recent missile and nuclear tests.

"Our own deterrence and defense capabilities, as well as the capabilities of the South Korea-US alliance must continuously be strengthened to respond to North Korean provocations, and to maintain peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula", Moon was quoted as saying by Park.

BENNETT: But unlike past presidents, Trump is promoting his America-first agenda.

Kim had told his top officials that the goal of Pyongyang's efforts "is to establish the equilibrium of real force with the U.S. and make the USA rulers dare not talk about military option", according to the nation's state media.

Briefing reporters ahead of the annual United Nations meeting, Haley and H.R. McMaster - the White House national security adviser - took a tough line on North Korea, warning that a military option to deal with its nuclear threats was available.

BENNETT: Haley and national security adviser H.R. McMaster outlined the president's goals for next week's United Nations summit. "Now it is not what we would prefer to do", McMaster said.

"What we are seeing is they continue to be provocative, they continue to be reckless".

" I spoke with President Moon of South Korea last night". But that's the U.N. of old, says U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley.

It had already stepped up sanctions against North Korea in response to a nuclear bomb test on September 3, imposing a ban on North Korea's textile exports and capping its imports of crude oil.

"Forget it. Until somebody solves the part of the equation that shows me that 10 million people in Seoul don't die in the first 30 minutes from conventional weapons, I don't know what you're talking about", he said. She expected a Trump call for maximum pressure on North Korea. They plan to meet this week at the U.N. General Assembly.

Trump has also threatened "fire and fury" in response to North Korea's threats.

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