Xi and Trump agree to keep pressure on North Korea

President Donald Trump sits with UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres for

Xi and Trump agree to keep pressure on North Korea

President Donald Trump speaks during a dinner with Latin American leaders at the Palace Hotel during the United Nations General Assembly, in NY, on Monday.

Given that the North Korean nuclear issue directly concerns South Korea, the rest world will be paying close attention to President Moon's General Assembly speech.

United Nations Security Council resolutions, including the most recent unanimous sanctions resolution, represent the floor, not the ceiling, of the actions we should take.

President Trump said Friday that he is confident the United States' options toward North Korea are "effective and overwhelming".

Assembly President Miroslav Lajcak said Tuesday that many people have become disillusioned with the U.N.in a world grappling with conflict, poverty, terrorism and global warming.

"At that point, you know, there's not a whole lot the Security Council is going to be able to do", Ambassador Nikki Haley said, claiming global sanctions already have cut off 90 percent of North Korea's trade and 30 percent of its oil. "Now, it's not what we would prefer to do", McMaster said. Trump and South Korean President Moon Jae-In spoke by phone Saturday and vowed to exert "stronger pressure" on the North, with Moon's office warning that further provocation would put it on a "path of collapse".

A senior administration official familiar with the president's remarks told reporters in a conference call Monday that the president has spent "so much time" crafting his speech, as he sees it as "an incredible moment and an enormous opportunity" to demonstrate US leadership and values.

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Mounting tensions with North Korea are expected to dominate conversations in NY during the six day United Nations meeting.

Trump, who took office in January, will emphasize the need for states to promote peace and prosperity, while upholding sovereignty and accountability as indispensable foundations of the worldwide order, he said.

President Trump makes his debut speech at the United Nations today.

He said of the US: "If it is forced to defend itself or its allies, we will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea".

The leaders spoke by phone Monday while Trump is in NY for this week's U.N. General Assembly session. "But no-one expected me to risk my life on a leaky boat or cross a desert in the back of a truck to find employment outside my country of birth", he said.

He declared the Iran nuclear deal an "embarrassment" for the United States.

The US president kicked off a week of meetings and speeches with foreign leaders in New York City. He also blasted the Iran nuclear agreement.

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