USA and South Korea agree to 'stronger' sanctions against North Korea

USA and South Korea agree to 'stronger' sanctions against North Korea

"After seeing your capabilities and commitment here today, I am more confident than ever that our options in addressing this threat are both effective and overwhelming", Trump said inside an airplane hangar, surrounded by United States airmen and with a looming stealth bomber positioned behind him.

The worldwide community is scrambling to contain an increasingly belligerent North Korea, which in recent weeks has prompted global alarm by conducting its sixth and largest nuclear test and firing long-range missiles over Japan that it says could reach the U.S. mainland.

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.

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

"America and our allies will never be intimidated".

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. "This includes the regime of North Korea, which has once again shown its utter contempt for its neighbours and for the entire world community", he said. "Now it is not what we would prefer to do".

Nikki Haley says North Korea will be "destroyed" if it continues with what she describes as "reckless" behavior.

"We've got to talk", DeLury told Fox News.

Mattis agreed, saying at the time that "there are strong military consequences if the DPRK initiates hostilities". Like his predecessors, Trump has opted for choices somewhere in between: economic sanctions and talk of eventual diplomacy or military action, depending on how North Korea responds.

USA options range from everything to accepting North Korea as a nuclear power to using military force in a bid to destroy its arsenal and even oust leader Kim Jong Un.

"The two leaders agreed to further strengthen the close cooperation between South Korea and the United States, and put more practical pressure on North Korea based on their cooperation to make North Korea realize it will only become more isolated diplomatically and face additional economic pressure if it continues to make provocations and eventually enter the path of collapse", Park said of the telephone conversation between Moon and Trump held earlier in the day. The missile is said to have flown some 3,700 kilometers, further than the distance between North Korea and Guam, which Pyongyang threatened on August 9.