"I'm perfectly happy kicking this over to General Mattis because he has plenty of military options".
Moscow can't allow the U.S. or other countries to provoke North Korea into a military conflict as that could mean the use of weapons of mass destruction near Russian borders, the head of the upper house Committee for International Relations says.
"All you can do is to make him [North Korean leader Kim Jong Un ] believe with a military strike that we are coming after him, and now he has incentive to use these weapons", he said.
The council last week imposed a new raft of measures such as a ban on export textiles and a cap on oil shipments to pile pressure on Pyongyang to come to the table and negotiate an end to its nuclear and missile programs. President Donald Trump, who is scheduled to address the 193-member body for the first time on Tuesday, dubbed North Korea's leader "Rocket Man" in a tweet over the weekend.
In his keynote speech at the Eastern Economic Forum held earlier this month in Vladivostok, Moon said that a gas pipe line could be built from Russian Federation, through North Korea and into South Korea, if issues surrounding the rogue regime are resolved.
"(The North) will continue such provocations as additional nuclear tests and missile launches to secure its nuclear capabilities ...
Guterres has proposed a massive package of changes, and Haley said the U.N.is "totally moving toward reform".
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A South Korean defense official, who provided more details on condition of anonymity, said the US aircraft flew near the tense military demarcation line that separates the countries in what he said was a rare maneuver.
On September 3, North Korea conducted an underground nuclear test that was by far its most powerful to date.
On Saturday, US President Donald Trump and South Korean President Moon Jae-in spoke by phone and agreed to exert "stronger pressure" on the North.
"This regime is so close now to threatening the United States and others with a nuclear weapon, that we really have to move with a great sense of urgency on sanctions, on diplomacy and preparing, if necessary, a military option", McMaster told the "Fox News Sunday" program.
"None of us want war".
The US should cease threats against North Korea and do more to resolve the crisis, China's ambassador to the US Cui Tiankai told reporters in Washington Friday.
The administration has suggested Trump's speech on Tuesday will focus on the idea of reform in the United Nations, with Nikki Haley emphasizing in an interview on Sunday that the USA must be more respected within the organization.