North Korea said on Saturday it aims to reach an "equilibrium" of military force with the United States, which earlier signaled its patience for diplomacy is wearing thin after Pyongyang fired a missile over Japan for the second time in under a month.
US President Donald Trump and South Korean President Moon Jae-in "gravely condemned" North Korea's latest missile test on Thursday and promised "stronger" sanctions on Pyongyang during a phone conversation on Sunday, a South Korean government spokesman said after the call.
Meanwhile, the US Defense Department said Friday that Defense Secretary James Mattis and his Japanese counterpart Itsunori Onodera agreed during their telephone talks the previous day that the latest North Korean provocation "called for a strong demonstration of a unified front" between the United States, Japan and South Korea.
Trump's remarks came after North Korea fired a ballistic missile over the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido earlier on Friday, the latest in a stream of missile tests that have looked to defy the worldwide community.
"Our final goal is to establish the equilibrium of real force with U.S. and make the United States rulers dare not talk about military option for North Korea", he was quoted as saying by KCNA.
Trump will meet with leaders from Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and Latin America throughout the week, but his remarks - scheduled for Tuesday morning - will be the president's highest-profile opportunity to explain his foreign policy vision couched in his "America first" agenda.
Kim had told his top officials that the goal of Pyongyang's efforts "is to establish the equilibrium of real force with the U.S. and make the USA rulers dare not talk about military option", according to the nation's state media.
Just two days ago, North Korea fired a ballistic missile over the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido, the latest in a series of missile tests defying the global community.
"As Kim Jong Un's most recent missile launch demonstrates, North Korea remains one of the world's most urgent and unsafe security problems", McMaster said, in reference to the North's defiant leader. 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.
Moon and Trump also agreed to meet on the sidelines of the upcoming UN General Assembly in NY to further discuss related issues, Park said.
"I think they're deepening their isolation, economic and diplomatic".
"After seeing your capabilities and commitment here today, I am more confident than ever that our options in addressing this threat are both effective and overwhelming", Trump said inside an airplane hangar, surrounded by U.S. airmen and with a looming stealth bomber positioned behind him. And right now, I don't have any more forensics on it. "It was a short-range missile, obviously, simply to make clear that they have the capability to defend themselves", he said.