Options on N. Korea 'Effective, Overwhelming'

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"We ought to make clear what's different about this approach is that we're out of time", McMaster said.

Trump has threatened "fire and fury" in response to North Korea's threats.

In a unanimous statement backed by China, the council said the launch was carried out just three weeks after a first missile overflew Japan and less than two weeks after Pyongyang's sixth and biggest nuclear test. More specifically, China and Russian Federation want the U.S.to accept North Korea's demand to cease joint military exercises with South Korea to bring the Kim regime to the negotiating table. Both of North Korea's patron nations insist that Pyongyang has legitimate grievances that should be settled through negotiations with the US and South Korea.

Responding to a question, Mattis said he is not aware of any effort on the part of South Korea to shoot down the North Korean missile.

McMaster and U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley warned Friday during a press briefing that a military option might be necessary if recent sanctions don't deter North Korea from conducting more missile and nuclear tests.

Tillerson noted that China, which supplies North Korea with most of its oil, and Russian Federation, as the largest employer of North Korean forced labor, have a unique responsibility in the diplomatic situation.

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NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said on Twitter, "North Korea's missile launch is another reckless breach of United Nations resolutions - a major threat to worldwide peace and security which demands a global response". "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.

"If North Korea continues to walk down this path, it has no bright future".

On Thursday, North Korea launched a missile over Japan for the second time in less than a month.

McMaster said that reform of the U.N.is very much on the table at the meeting in general, with focus on ideas for making the notoriously inefficient organization, whose biennial core budget is $5.4 billion, more streamlined. "China and Russian Federation must indicate their intolerance for these reckless missile launches by taking direct actions of their own", Tillerson said. A trio of missile launches and a hydrogen bomb test that is the communist nation's most powerful to date.

Promoting an "America First" agenda at the United Nations. She expected a Trump call for maximum pressure on 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. Washington has tried to work with Beijing to restrain the latter's ally in Pyongyang through economic sanctions.

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