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United States options on North Korea 'effective and overwhelming': Donald Trump

United States options on North Korea 'effective and overwhelming': Donald Trump

"President Trump and President Moon committed to continuing to take steps to strengthen deterrence and defense capabilities, and to maximize economic and diplomatic pressure on North Korea", the White House said in a statement.

Last week, Trump and his top national security advisers said that there are military options available despite doubts from some experts.

Despite the UN Security Council adopting its toughest resolution yet against North Korea over its latest nuclear test and repeated missile launches, a Russian political analyst warned that Pyongyang can weather any further sanctions, and that a different approach is required to sway the opinion of the North Korean leadership.

North Korea fired an intermediate range ballistic missile over Japan on Friday, marking the second highly provocative missile launch in less than a month.

With its constant nuclear and missile tests, North Korea has been a foreign policy headache for the Trump administration, prompting the United States to have a plan should tensions escalate.

South Korea's President Moon Jae-in and US President Donald Trump agreed to exert stronger pressure through sanctions on North Korea following its nuclear and missile tests.

US Secretary of Defence James Mattis spoke over phone with his Japanese counterpart Itsunori Onodera following the latest North Korean missile launch, the Pentagon said.

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Also on the agenda: the Iran nuclear deal, Mideast peace, and United Nations reform efforts.

Experts have long questioned if the US could indeed attack North Korea, given its ability to cause massive casualties south of the border.

It had already stepped up sanctions against North Korea in response to a nuclear bomb test on September 3, imposing a ban on North Korea's textile exports and capping its imports of crude oil.

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.

Global equities investors largely shrugged off the latest missile test by North Korea as shares on Wall Street set new highs on Friday. We need a different approach: North Korea should be presented with opportunities for cooperation; the country should be drawn into various organizations to become bound by a mesh of worldwide obligations.

"I don't think that he'll stray too much outside of the boundaries of that", Collins said.


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