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.
And what have the US and its allies achieved?
North Korea conducted its latest missile test on Friday.
"The launching drill was conducted with the aim at calming down the belligerence of the U.S. which has recently cried out for using military muscle against North Korea, and at bolstering up operation capability for attack and counterattack to counter it with swift and powerful military counteraction, examining the order to deal with nuclear warheads and confirming action procedure of actual war", said North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA).
Moon and Trump agreed it was important to thoroughly implement U.N. Security Council resolutions against Pyongyang, including the latest sanctions resolution unanimously adopted at the start of last week to punish the North for its latest nuclear provocation.
North Korea's latest missile launch renewed discussion in the Trump administration about how military force could be used to stop Kim Jong Un's development of nuclear warheads and ballistic missiles. But the North has ignored countless worldwide reproaches previously.
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"For those who have said, and been commenting about a lack of a military option, there is a military option", McMaster said.
"We've been kicking the can down the road, and we're out of road", McMaster told reporters, referring to Pyongyang's repeated missile tests in defiance of worldwide pressure.
Experts have long questioned if the USA could indeed attack North Korea, given its ability to cause massive casualties south of the border.
The UN Security Council, which has condemned Friday's launch as "highly provocative", will hold a new ministerial-level meeting Thursday on the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, focused on enforcing sanctions on Kim's regime, diplomats said. However, the writer is also serving for other sections such as local & world politics, commerce news and breaking news meanwhile, also covering special budget sessions.
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 neighbors and for the entire world community".
They agreed to continue their discussions when they meet in NY for the U.N. General Assembly later this week, according to the spokesman. North Korea state media quoted him as saying his country is going "full speed and straight" to the goal of "completing its nuclear force", adding it is "nearly" there. And right now, I don't have any more forensics on it.
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