North Korea has been the most perplexing foreign policy problem facing the Trump administration in its first year in office, with their now repeated missile tests and one nuclear test putting pressure on the President to have a plan should tensions escalate.
Ahead of his remarks, both national security adviser H.R. McMaster and US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley stressed during a White House briefing on the UN General Assembly that Trump did have military options to stop North Korea, CNN reported.
"Our final goal is to establish the equilibrium of real force with USA and make the USA rulers dare not talk about military option for North Korea", he was quoted as saying by KCNA.
Trump has said the U.S. and its allies will not be intimidated by the reclusive nation.
"We will defend our people, our nations, and our civilisation from all who dare to threaten our way of life". "This includes the regime of North Korea, which has once again shown its utter contempt for its neighbors and for the entire world community".
North Korea yesterday fired an intermediate range ballistic missile over Japan and into the Pacific Ocean. She says war is undesirable but adds that "something has got to be done" if North Korea continues to threaten the US and its allies.
President Donald Trump with South Korean President Moon Jae-in on June 29, 2017.
Mattis told reporters on his way to Mexico that as a result of the North Korean missile test, tens of millions of Japanese people were seen going into duck and cover, which was the second time that they've had to do that since World War II.
The two leaders plan to work with the global community to implement U.N. Security Council resolution 2375, meant to put maximum economic and diplomatic pressure on North Korea following recent missile and nuclear tests.
United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called on the DPRK leadership "to cease further testing, comply with the relevant Security Council resolutions, and allow space to explore the resumption of honest dialogue on denuclearisation".
"I think they're deepening their isolation, economic and diplomatic".
"After seeing our capabilities, I am more confident than ever that our options are not only effective but overwhelming", Trump said.
"The two leaders agreed to further strengthen the close cooperation between South Korea and the United States, and put more practical pressure on North Korea based on their cooperation to make North Korea realize it will only become more isolated diplomatically and face additional economic pressure if it continues to make provocations and eventually enter the path of collapse", Park said of the telephone conversation between Moon and Trump held earlier in the day.