Trump has military options for North Korea

Trump has military options for North Korea

"Trump's audience will be very aware of his mood swings", said Richard Gowan, a United Nations expert with the European Council on Foreign Relations told Politico. The US must follow through on Defence Secretary Mattis's much needed "iron-clad" guarantees to Japan and South Korea by reinforcing America's military presence in the region.

The worry is less about a full-blown attack from the North on its neighbours (an unlikely possibility given that Kim is not suicidal) and more the prospect of low-level provocations - for example, the shelling by the North of contested border territories near the Northern Limit Line between North and South Korea, or use of cyber attacks to disrupt U.S. and allied command and control operations. But that's the U.N. of old, says U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley.

The missile flew over northern Japan before falling into the Pacific and follows North Korea's sixth and most powerful nuclear test September 3.

South Korea's Defense Ministry says the country's military conducted a live-fire ballistic missile drill in response to the North's launch.

"An increasingly aggressive and isolated regime in North Korea threatens democracies in South Korea, Japan, and more importantly, and more recently, has expanded those threats to the United States, endangering the entire world", Tillerson told the Community of Democracies on Friday. Afterward, in a statement, the council condemned the "highly provocative launch" and called on North Korea to reduce tensions on the peninsula.

Yoshihide Suga, Japan's chief cabinet secretary, said, "We absolutely can not accept these repeated provocations by North Korea and we strongly protest to North Korea and convey to them the nation's strong anger in the strongest words possible".

Trump heads to the U.N. General Assembly meeting next week with the same suitcase of bad options as his predecessors. She expected a Trump call for maximum pressure on North Korea.

The missile fired Friday morning Asia time flew over Japan's northern island of Hokkaido before landing in the Pacific.

And while the first two may be familiar in US post-war diplomacy, the third is a loaded term in worldwide relations, hinting at Trump's "America First" agenda.

And what have the US and its allies achieved?

"If North Korea continues to walk down this path, it has no bright future". Dictator Kim Jong-un has repeatedly threatened to attack both Guam and Japan with missiles, possibly using nuclear warheads.

Previous administrations have pressed the embrace change. "We must make North Korea understand this", Abe said.

The Trump administration is also shrinking the size of the diplomatic delegation at this year's United Nations summit.

"For those who have said and have been commenting about the lack of a military option, there is a military option", he insisted.