North Korea missile tests continue to rile lawmakers in Washington

US military options against North Korea come at a price

US military options against North Korea come at a price

"While we will continue to seek worldwide cooperation on North Korea, the United States is sending an emphatic message across the globe that we will not hesitate to take action against persons, companies, and financial institutions who enable this regime", Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin said in a June 29 statement on the earlier round of sanctions, clearly alluding to China.

But last week a United States official told CNN that the U.S. government doesn't believe North Korea will be able to launch a reliable, nuclear-capable intercontinental ballistic missile until early 2018.

"There is a military option to destroy North Korea's (missile) program and North Korea itself", Graham said on NBC's "Today" show. The threat is real, and the North Korea regime has moved into warp speed because they sense that Trump is a weak and distracted president who won't do anything to stop them. Graham asked: "Is it the policy of the Trump administration to deny North Korea the capability of building an ICBM that can hit the American homeland with a nuclear weapon on top?"

North Korea said on Saturday it had conducted another successful test of an intercontinental ballistic missile that proved its ability to strike the USA mainland, drawing a sharp warning from Trump and a rebuke from China.

A military operation against North Korea would saddle the USA with expanded costs and responsibility on the peninsula. It marked the second ICBM launch in 24 days and the kind of technical achievement that US presidents said the country could not tolerate.

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But Russia , Lavrov said, is ready to normalize bilateral relations and cooperate on important issues on the global agenda. Russia's Foreign Ministry dismissed the new sanctions as "creating unfair competitive advantages for the US economy".

This gives the United States little warning if a missile or nuclear test is about to happen.

Are the North Koreans even interested in talks? Despite North Korea's recent missile tests - clear UNSC violations - it remains unclear whether China will support additional sanctions against North Korea or intends to veto efforts led by the United States, the Republic of Korea and Japan. Further sanctions on the regime are expected from Washington.

In July, CIA Chief Mike Pompeo said regime change could be a possible approach. Washington has normally requested an emergency UN Security Council meeting following Pyongyang's nuclear and missile tests, but it appears to be taking a different course of action as US ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley says Washington will not be requesting an emergency meeting of the council this time around.

"I want to congratulate him on the great job he has done with Homeland Security", Trump said.

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