'Rocket Man': Trump's latest description of Kim Jong

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The global community is scrambling to contain an increasingly belligerent North Korea, which in recent weeks has prompted global alarm by conducting its sixth and largest nuclear test and firing long-range missiles over Japan that it says could reach the USA mainland.

While declaring that "none of us want war", Haley made it clear that if North Korean provocations continue, the issue will be handed over to the Pentagon and Defense Secretary James Mattis. Haley warned about a tougher response of the United States to future North Korean provocations.

Despite the new sanctions, Kim's government said it will continue work on its weapons development program, proclaiming "no matter how strong the pressure is, it doesn't work on us". Kim added the North's goal of completing its nuclear force had "nearly reached the terminal".

McMaster and U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley warned Friday during a press briefing that a military option might be necessary if recent sanctions don't deter North Korea from conducting more missile and nuclear tests.

Kim has threatened Guam, a United States territory in the Pacific, and has fired two missiles over Japan, a USA ally in Asia, including one missile launched on Friday.

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"Four stealth fighters and two bombers flew over the peninsula to demonstrate the deterrence capability of the US-South Korea alliance against North Korea's nuclear and missile threats", the ministry said in a statement.

The UN Security Council, which has condemned Friday's launch as "highly provocative", will hold a new ministerial-level meeting on Thursday on the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, focused on enforcing sanctions on the Kim regime, diplomats said.

Military options, he said, should "unequivocally" be taken off the table: "That time had passed".

China, Russia, the United Nations and U.S. all condemned the launch. "We call upon the DPRK to fulfil its obligations as expressed in UNSC resolutions", it said.

This morning, Trump seemed to taunt Kim Jong-Un on Twitter, referring to him as "rocket man".

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North Korea's diplomatic presence in the emirate will also be reduced to a charge d'affaires and three diplomats, the source told AFP, requesting anonymity.

"I think everybody in the global community sees what a big deal it is", Haley said. The missile was launched from Pyongyang.

Tillerson said on CBS that he believed Iran was in "technical compliance" with the agreement, but that Iran's other behavior throughout the region was against the expectation that "by dealing with this nuclear threat we would lower the tension between Iran and the rest of the world". "Too bad!" Mr Trump wrote to his 38 million followers.

"We all have our doubts about whether or not that's going to be enough", McMaster said of the sanctions, while appearing on ABC's "This Week".

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