United Nations Security Council condemns highly provocative North Korea missile launch

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The North Koreans must have been confident that their latest test - an audacious advance by some 1,000km on their earlier (29 August) overflight of Japan - would be successful and that the risk of the missile breaking up over Japanese airspace was minimal. He called on China and Russian Federation in particular to use their ultimate leverage over North Korea.

The remarks also came after H R McMaster, the US' National Security Adviser, reaffirmed that the Trump administration has military options in place for dealing with 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 USA airmen and with a looming stealth bomber positioned behind him. Though they aren't their top choices for the region, Haley and McMaster said, they are available to the President.

McMaster said Friday that the world is "out of time" to stop North Korea from becoming a nuclear state.

Earlier this week, the UN Security Council agreed to tighten sanctions on North Korea, banning its textile exports and capping fuel supplies. A trio of missile launches and a hydrogen bomb test that is the communist nation's most powerful to date.

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Key US allies, including France, have strongly encouraged Trump to uphold the agreement in order to prevent Iran from developing a nuclear arsenal.

"President Moon ordered [the military] to closely analyze and increase the readiness posture against new types of threats from North Korea, such as EMP [electromagnetic pulse] and biochemical threats", presidential spokesman Park Su-hyun said. "The United Kingdom stands with the people of Japan in face of this bad, egregious, illegal, provocative, reckless act by the North Korean regime, which once again demonstrates their complete disregard for the sovereignty and the citizens of one of their neighbours", the British Ambassador to the UN, Matthew Rycroft told reporters after the meeting of the Security Council.

North Korea yesterday fired an intermediate range ballistic missile over Japan and into the Pacific Ocean.

Experts have long questioned if the USA could indeed attack North Korea, given its ability to cause massive casualties south of the border. "That creates openings for other leaders like President Emmanuel Macron of France to step up and say that actually they are the guys who are going to lead the United Nations more effectively from now on". She expected a Trump call for maximum pressure on North Korea.

McMaster said Trump will push a message of "reform", calling for more transparency and accountability at the United Nations.

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