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Haley: Trump's fire, fury comment 'not an empty threat'

Haley: Trump's fire, fury comment 'not an empty threat'”

While there are many side events on other global hotspots from Central African Republic and South Sudan to Libya, Mail and Somalia, the ministerial meeting will also see sessions on achieving United Nations goals for 2030 to end extreme poverty and preserve the planet, women's economic empowerment, migration and conflict prevention - a top priority of the secretary general.

Trump is making his first appearance at the U.N. General Assembly, his biggest moment on the world stage since January's inauguration.

"The world is still trying to take the measure of this president", said Mr Jon Alterman, senior vice-president of the Centre for Strategic and International Studies.

Despite U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's "four noes" to reassure North Korea - that the United States will not seek regime change, the collapse of the regime, an accelerated reunification of the peninsula or an excuse to send the U.S. military north of the 38th parallel - many in the United States, including a significant number in Congress, believe the time for negotiation with North Korea is over.

However she added that North Korea had expressed "no intent" against the United Kingdom.

Analysts have said the North has shown rapid improvements in its ballistic missile and nuclear technologies. The missile is said to have flown some 3,700 kilometers, further than the distance between North Korea and Guam, which Pyongyang threatened on August 9. Only now, the threat is heightened.

More tub-thumping at the United Nations would thrill his diehard fans, but bellicose warnings of impending "fire and fury" would undoubtedly make Tokyo and Seoul - both well within range of North Korean artillery or ballistic missiles - uneasy.

"This is an issue between the world and North Korea", Trump's national security adviser, H.R. McMaster, said on Friday.

A senior UN Security Council diplomat, speaking on condition of anonymity, said: "We are faced with real uncertainties with respect to North Korea and it's a bit risky ... to add another source of uncertainty with respect to Iran".

"China supplies North Korea with most of its oil".

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

The Trump administration is arguing that those words convey obligations to Iran to curtail activities that would harm global peace and security.

The impact of those sanctions depends largely on whether China, North Korea's ally and main economic partner, will fully implement them and on Russian Federation, which is hosting tens of thousands of North Korean workers.

"For those who have said and have been commenting about the lack of a military option, there is a military option", he insisted. "Now it is not what we would prefer to do". The goal of those exercises was to show North Korea the sort of military muscle they will face should World War 3 break out.

"The U.N. has shifted over the past several months". North Korea has historically used the term "big power chauvinist" to refer to China. This statement echoed previous assertions that North Korea is not seeking to attack first, but rather is aiming to develop the ability to strike back.

US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said UN sanctions had banned 90 percent of the Asian state's publicly reported exports, saying of Pyongyang on Friday: "This is totally in their hands on how they respond".

MR JON ALTERMAN, senior vice-president of the Centre for Strategic and International Studies, on the United Nations meeting. She expected a Trump call for maximum pressure on North Korea.

HALEY: I personally think he slaps the right people, he hugs the right people. "Hopefully there will be coordination with allies on their policy lines before he adds anything to the speech about North Korea".



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