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(LEAD) McMaster says there is military option against N. Korea

(LEAD) McMaster says there is military option against N. 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. Both of North Korea's patron nations insist that Pyongyang has legitimate grievances that should be settled through negotiations with the USA and South Korea.

McMaster emphasized that it's the responsibility of all nations to enforce U.N. sanctions on North Korea and address the problem. 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. Afterward, in a statement, the council condemned the "highly provocative launch" and called on North Korea to reduce tensions on the peninsula.

By very publicly demonstrating that he not been deterred by Trump's warning of "fire and fury" if he threatened the US or its allies, Kim has challenged the US President's ability to draw clear strategic red lines and to follow through on his warning of a military response to the young autocrat's repeated provocations.

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

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South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff said Friday that the missile was launched from Sunan, the site of Pyongyang's global airport.

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South Korean President Moon Jae-in has scheduled a National Security Council meeting to discuss the launch.

"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.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe called for new sanctions "to be firmly imposed" in response to the latest North Korean missile test that violated Japanese airspace. She said, however, that options for dealing with the regime of Kim Jong Un are not limited to diplomacy.

Haley predicted that the US approach at the United Nations summit would be "solid" and "strong", as diplomats and top USA officials tackle global challenges. "China and Russian Federation must indicate their intolerance for these reckless missile launches by taking direct actions of their own", Tillerson demanded.

The North Korean state-run newspaper Rodong Sinmun on Friday said in an editorial, "If the USA continues to walk on the current course, we will take stronger actions for our self-defense". Now, however, with North Korea perilously close to being able to directly threaten United States cities with nuclear obliteration, the worry for some is that Pyongyang could blackmail Washington into qualifying or limiting its support for its allies in the region.

"For those who have been commenting about the lack of a military option, well, there is a military option".

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