Published: Fri, September 22, 2017
Global Media | By Meredith Barber

Trump turns to sanctions, diplomacy on North Korea

Trump turns to sanctions, diplomacy on North Korea

"I think we're making a lot of progress in a lot of ways", Trump said of discussing North Korea with South Korean President Moon.

At a Security Council meeting later Thursday, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was to push for strict enforcement of a new raft of sanctions targeting North Korea's exports and its energy supplies.

But not everyone was unhappy with Trump's anti-North Korea rhetoric: Japan's prime minister Shinzo Abe echoed the president's words that "talking is not the answer" in his own speech to the United Nations on Wednesday.

Trump earlier this week threatened to use force against North Korea during a speech he gave to the United Nations.

Beijing's foreign ministry said the North Korea issue should be solved through "political and diplomatic means" in imposing economic sanctions on Pyongyang.

Trump caught flak after speaking to the United Nations on Tuesday and referring to Kim as "Rocket Man".

He turned heads last month by threatening to unleash "fire and fury" if North Korea and its leader, Kim #Jong #Un, threatened the United States.

"I feel sorry for his aides", Ri said when asked about Trump's "Rocket Man" nickname for North Korea's leader.

Ahead of the decision, UNICEF's regional director for East Asia and the Pacific Karin Hulshof said in a statement the problems North Korean children face "are all too real". "The order enhances the Treasury Department's authorities to target any individual or entity that conducts significant trade in goods, services or technology with North Korea".

North Korea asserts that the USA hostile policy is the reason it pursues powerful weaponry. Second of all: "this gentleman" was not the same "gentleman" Clinton dealt with during his crisis with North Korea: that was Kim Jong-il, who died in 2011.

But Trump's perhaps oddly chosen colloquialisms masked what was a pretty astounding escalation of his rhetoric when it comes to North Korea.

Ri, who takes the podium on Friday, dismissed Trump's threats to destroy his country as "a dog's bark" and said they would have zero impact.

Last week, the U.N. Security Council unanimously passed fresh measures to punish the communist dictatorship economically, with the support of China and Russian Federation.

Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven, responding to Trump's bellicose speech, called for dialogue in tandem with implementation of sanctions.

Many soldiers are used as a labor force to compensate for the ineffective North Korean economy, so the army is not only about military organization. "In what hope of success are we now repeating the very same failure a third time?" he said.

Moon told world leaders at Thursday's UN General Assembly session, "We do not desire the collapse of North Korea".

The issue "also concerns us", she said.

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