Despite Criticism Of UN, Trump Set To Attend Meeting Of World Leaders

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Mattis has "plenty of options" on North Korea, Nikki Haley says in White House briefing -- live updates

Trump's National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster told at a White House briefing that the President will host a lunch with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and South Korea's Moon Jae-in on Thursday on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly.He said the USA retained a military option in dealing with North Korea.

Hours later, President Donald Trump said the same thing during a speech at Joint Base Andrews, saying USA military options are "both overwhelming and effective", and called out North Korea's "utter contempt for its neighbors and the worldwide community".

Ambassador Nikki Haley concurred, suggesting that this week's United Nations sanctions were the last shot at sanctioning North Korea, and while they intend to wait awhile to see if they are effective, and after that it would be a matter for the Pentagon to handle.

"After seeing our capabilities, I am more confident than ever that our options are not only effective but overwhelming", Trump said. That launch came less than two weeks after Pyongyang staged its most powerful nuclear test yet.

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He will also meet the leaders of France and Israel to discuss, amongst other issues, Iran and, as McMaster said, its "destabilizing behavior, including its violation of the sovereignty of nations across the Middle East". And he wants to slash USA financial contributions to the U.N. Richard Gowan is a U.N. expert with the European Council on Foreign Relations. But, unlike past presidents, Trump is promoting his "America First" agenda, and he has called for slashing US financial contributions to the United Nations.

Friday's briefing comes after North Korea conducted another ballistic missile test over Japan, further escalating tensions in the region. 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.

"For those who have said and have been commenting about the lack of a military option, there is a military option", he insisted.

Former top White House aide Steve Bannon told a reporter in August that there are no military solutions for North Korea.

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At the beginning of this year, North Korea's Kim announced plans to develop an intercontinental ballistic missile that could strike the USA mainland.

President Donald Trump will use his debut speech to the UN General Assembly next week to offer warmth to the United States' allies and warnings to its adversaries.

Previous administrations have pressed the U.N.to embrace change.

McMaster says Trump, much like previous presidents, will push a message of reform, calling for more transparency and accountability at the United Nations.

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"I don't think that he'll stray too much outside of the boundaries of that", Collins said.

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