Moon, Trump agree to thoroughly implement United Nations sanctions on N. Korea
Sep 17 2017 by Desiree Burns
According to Cheong Wa Dae, President Moon Jae-in and US President Donald Trump agreed to cooperate more closely and to work with the worldwide community to further raise the pressure on Pyongyang.
But despite pressure from the USA and its Asian allies, Kim doesn't appeared to be backing down.
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.
North Korea's leaders have repeatedly said they need nuclear weapons to defend themselves against "hostile" U.S. forces, 35,000 of which are stationed in South Korea. "There's no military solution here, they got us".
Trump heads to the U.N. General Assembly meeting next week with the same suitcase of bad options as his predecessors.
The UNSC referred to the latest launch as a "manifest violation" of Security Council resolutions that comes less than two weeks after the DPRK conducted a test of a nuclear device on 3 September and only three days after the Security Council unanimously adopted fresh sanctions against the country.
At the White House, McMaster called on nations to aggressively enforce recent U.N. sanctions to increase economic pressure.
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"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 in his address to air force personnel and families on the 70th anniversary of the US Air Force. "That takes us a little while, as we amass everything and analyse it", Mattis said. 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.
Abe and Moon affirmed it is vital that the global community fully enforce UN Security Council sanctions resolutions on Pyongyang, it said.
Moon also stressed the need to strengthen South Korea's military capabilities as well as those of the South Korea-US alliance.
Trump will meet with leaders from Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and Latin America throughout the week, but his remarks - scheduled for Tuesday morning - will be the president's highest-profile opportunity to explain his foreign policy vision couched in his "America first" agenda.
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.
Many nations have put pressure on North Korea but that did not deter it from completing its actions.
"I don't think that he'll stray too much outside of the boundaries of that", Collins said.