46 U.S: North Korea threat­ens whole world

Weekly Trust - - Foreign News -

U.S. Sec­re­tary of State Rex Tiller­son ac­cused North Korea yes­ter­day of threat­en­ing the en­tire world, af­ter Py­ongyang fired a mis­sile over Ja­pan for the sec­ond time in un­der a month in de­fi­ance of in­ter­na­tional pres­sure over its mis­sile and nu­clear pro­grams.

In the lat­est at­tempt to deal with an is­sue that has re­peat­edly frus­trated world pow­ers, the U.N. Se­cu­rity Coun­cil was due to meet at 3 p.m. ET (1900 GMT) on Fri­day to dis­cuss the mis­sile launch, at the re­quest of the United States and Ja­pan.

The coun­cil’s 15 mem­bers unan­i­mously stepped up sanc­tions against North Korea over a nu­clear bomb test it staged on Sept. 3, im­pos­ing a ban on North Korea’s tex­tile ex­ports and cap­ping its im­ports of crude oil.

North Korea has launched dozens of mis­siles un­der leader Kim Jong Un as it ac­cel­er­ates a weapons pro­gram de­signed to give it the abil­ity to tar­get the United States with a pow­er­ful, nu­clear-tipped mis­sile.

Tiller­son said in a speech to for­eign of­fi­cials that the tests threaten the world and stressed the United States was work­ing closely with re­gional al­lies Ja­pan and South Korea.

“In East Asia, an in­creas­ingly ag­gres­sive and iso­lated regime in North Korea threat­ens democ­ra­cies in South Korea, Ja­pan, and more im­por­tantly, and more re­cently, has ex­panded those threats to the United States, en­dan­ger­ing the en­tire world,” Tiller­son said.

Tak­ing a tougher line than Tiller­son, White House Na­tional Se­cu­rity Ad­viser H.R. McMaster said the United States was fast run­ning out of pa­tience for diplo­matic so­lu­tions on North Korea.

“We’ve been kick­ing the can down the road, and we’re out of road,” McMaster told re­porters.

“For those ... who have been com­ment­ing on a lack of a mil­i­tary op­tion, there is a mil­i­tary op­tion,” he said, adding that it would not be the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion’s pre­ferred choice.

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