President Donald Trump and his top national security advisers said Friday there are military options available for dealing with the North Korea crisis, despite some experts and former Trump allies saying that there are no good options for the region.
"We will defend our people, our nations, and our civilisation from all who dare to threaten our way of life".
Speaking at Joint Base Andrews, the Air Force installation outside Washington, Trump on Friday declared that the military options were robust should they be required to respond to threats from Pyongyang, reports CNN.
North Korea fired an intermediate-range missile over Japan, a U.S. ally, early Thursday morning, which the UN Security Council said was "highly provocative" and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe condemned as threatening to world peace. "This includes the regime of North Korea, which has once again shown its utter contempt for its neighbors and for the entire world community".
"For those who have said and have been commenting about the lack of a military option, there is a military option", he insisted.
"There is a military option", H.R. McMaster said during a press briefing at the White House, flanked by U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley.
Also today, holding urgent consultations over the ballistic missile launch, the Security Council expressed its grave concern that the DPRK is, by conducting such a launch over Japan as well as its recent actions and public statements, deliberately undermining regional peace and stability and causing grave security concerns around the world.
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Two days after the UN Security Council unanimously adopted a US-draft resolution slapping new sanctions on North Korea, the pariah nation for the second time in less than three weeks fired a second missile over northern Japan.
If diplomacy fails, she says Defense Secretary Jim Mattis "will take care of it".
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.
During telephone talks Friday, Abe and Moon agreed to ensure close trilateral coordination with the United States in stepping up pressure on North Korea, according to the Japanese Foreign Ministry. "That creates openings for other leaders like President Emmanuel Macron of France to step up and say that actually they are the guys who are going to lead the United Nations more effectively from now on".
In an effort to curb the Nuclear aims of North Korea, Trump and his South Korean counterpart have agreed to implement strict sanctions against it, reported Fox News.
Trump has threatened "fire and fury" in response to North Korea's threats.