United Nations envoy slams North Korea's 'reckless' behavior

United Nations envoy slams North Korea's 'reckless' behavior

McMaster sent a mixed message Friday, insisting that the USA retained a "military option" in dealing with North Korea even while calling on "everyone to do everything we can to address the global problem short of war".

Addressing several hundred air force personnel after reviewing some of America's most high-tech fighters jets and bombers, Trump warned that Pyongyang had "once again shown its utter contempt for its neighbours and for the entire world community".

"For those. who have been commenting on a lack of a military option, there is a military option", he said, adding that it would not be the Trump administration's preferred choice.

Meanwhile, the United Nations Security Council has condemned the launch of yet another ballistic missile by the North Korea and called on the country's leadership to halt such activities and explore resumption of honest dialogue on denuclearisation.

North Korea fired an intermediate range ballistic missile over Japan on Friday, marking the second highly provocative missile launch in less than a month.

North Korea has launched a trio of missiles in recent weeks and tested a bomb that was its most powerful to date.

In a phone conversation Sunday, South Korean President Moon Jae-In and Trump "gravely condemned" the latest missile test on Friday, which came just days after United Nations Security Council announced a raft of new sanctions against Pyongyang.

Following Friday's missile launch, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said in a statement, "These continued provocations only deepen North Korea's diplomatic and economic isolation ..."

The North Korean government released on Saturday photos of what it said is the rogue regime's latest ballistic missile test. New U.N. sanctions cut oil exports to North Korea. They plan to meet this week at the U.N. General Assembly.

"Eventually, if its opponents start backing the country into a corner, North Korea may begin selling missile technology". North Korea also has the world's largest standing army. But the North has ignored countless global reproaches previously.

Lisa Collins, a fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, said other nations will be watching the United States at the U.N. next week to determine Trump's next steps.