Trump to back allies, warn foes in United Nations speech

National security adviser H.R. McMaster right and U.S. Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley participate in a news briefing at the White House in Washington Friday Sept. 15 2017

The White House said that President Donald Trump will meet the leaders of Japan and South Korea in NY next week to discuss the urgent threat posed by North Korea.

A North Korean state agency threatened Thursday to use nuclear weapons to "sink" Japan and reduce the United States to "ashes and darkness" for supporting a U.N. Security Council resolution and sanctions over the latest nuclear test.

They carried signs that said "We're not Putin up with it!" and "Protect American Democracy". The US has been constantly threatening North Korea for years, with such threats rapidly escalating this year.

The remarks also came after H R McMaster, the US' National Security Adviser, reaffirmed that the Trump administration has military options in place for dealing with North Korea.

"He slaps the right people, he hugs the right people and he comes out very strong in the end", US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said on Friday as she previewed Trump's Tuesday speech.

"What we have to do is call on all nations, call on everyone to do everything we can to address this global problem short of war", he told reporters at the briefing. Like his predecessors, Trump has opted for choices somewhere in between: economic sanctions and talk of eventual diplomacy or military action, depending on how North Korea responds.

He said North Korea's launch hours earlier showed Pyongyang's "utter contempt for its neighbors and for the entire world community". 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.

"There are no shortage of issues, with North Korea being front and center", said Haley. Both of North Korea's patron nations insist that Pyongyang has legitimate grievances that should be settled through negotiations with the US and South Korea.

"I personally think he slaps the right people, he hugs the right people, and he comes out with the USA being very strong in the end", said Haley, who has seen a draft of Trump's address.

The North last month used the airport to fire a Hwasong-12 intermediate range missile that flew over northern Japan in what it declared as a "meaningful prelude" to containing the U.S. Pacific island territory of Guam and the start of more ballistic missile launches targeting the Pacific Ocean.

BENNETT: As President Trump in the role of statesman next week projects to the world his impression of the United Nations and his vision for American foreign policy.

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson also called for "new measures" against North Korea and said, "These continued provocations only deepen North Korea's diplomatic and economic isolation".

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