South Korean President Moon Jae-in also convened a National Security Council (NSC) meeting to monitor the security situation and prepare for any new emerging threats from North Korea. "We will defend our people, our nations, and our civilization, from all who dare to threaten our way of life".
One former top Trump adviser has said the U.S.is bluffing when it threatens military force against North Korea. A new set of United Nations sanctions that even Trump declared a "small step", extensive talks and a rhetorical two-step that leaves them where they have been for years.
The 15-member Security Council, which includes U.S., China and Russian Federation, unanimously imposed sanctions against North Korea on Monday for its September 3 nuclear test that prohibits textile exports, reduces oil and gas imports, and limits permits for North Korean laborers to work outside the country.
Diplomacy on the North Korean nuclear standoff has been stalled for years. 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.
The United Nations Security Council voted unanimously on a US -drafted resolution and a new round of sanctions on Monday, banning North Korea's textile exports and capping fuel supplies.
"North Korea has trampled over the strong will of a united worldwide community to a peaceful solution as seen in the United Nations' Resolutions the other day".
The missile launch came days after the UNSC unanimously adopted a new set of sanctions against the North for its sixth and most powerful nuclear denotation test on September 3. "Now, it's not what we would prefer to do". Experts disagree on whether the North would have the capability to mount such an attack, which would involve setting off a bomb in the atmosphere that could cause major damage to power grids and other infrastructure. 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. Last month, North Korea launched a Hwasong-12 intermediate-range ballistic missile that passed over Hokkaido and traveled about 1,700 miles, reaching a height of almost 340 miles.
"America and our allies will never be intimidated", Trump said. McMaster said the USA has "run out of road".
The Trump administration has called the development of a North Korean ICBM an unacceptable existential threat. Incidentally, the distance between North Korea and Guam is around 3,380 kilometers and this is significant from the American point of view. She expected a Trump call for maximum pressure on North Korea. "Hopefully there will be coordination with allies on their policy lines before he adds anything to the speech about North Korea".