Trump, South Korean leader vow to increase pressure on North Korea

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The launch is the 14th missile test conducted by North Korea in 2017.

On Thursday, U.S. secretary of state Tillerson called on China, Pyongyang's only ally, and Russian Federation to apply more pressure on North Korea by "taking direct actions of their own". New U.N. sanctions cut oil exports to 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 in his address to air force personnel and families on the 70th anniversary of the US Air Force. "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.

"Mattis and Onodera agreed that the North Korean provocation called for a strong demonstration of a unified front between the US, Japan, and the Republic of Korea, and agreed on the importance of robust trilateral defence cooperation between the three nations", he said.

McMaster sent a mixed message Friday, insisting that the USA retained a "military option" in dealing with North Korea even while calling on "everyone to do everything we can to address the global problem short of war". Only now, the threat is heightened.

It traveled about 3,700 km (2,300 miles) in total, according to South Korea's military, far enough to reach the U.S. Pacific territory of Guam, which the North has threatened before.

Trump will meet with the leaders of France and Israel on Monday before holding a dinner with Latin American leaders that evening, Trump's national security adviser H.R. McMaster told reporters.

Also on Friday, the U.N. Security Council condemned the "highly provocative" missile launch by North Korea. 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. "Now, it's not what we would prefer to do".

"Eventually, if its opponents start backing the country into a corner, North Korea may begin selling missile technology". 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.

Trump also tweeted about the phone call.

Nikki Haley says North Korea will be "destroyed" if it continues with what she describes as "reckless" behavior.

Lisa Collins, a fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, said other nations will be watching the United States at the U.N. next week to determine Trump's next steps. Long gas lines forming in North Korea.

"Honestly, I think the United States should be doing. much more than now, so that there's real effective global cooperation on this issue", China's ambassador to the United States, Cui Tiankai, said on Friday.

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