As Trump prepares for United Nations unity meetings, divisions continue in Washington

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"An increasingly aggressive and isolated regime in North Korea threatens democracies in South Korea, Japan, and more importantly, and more recently, has expanded those threats to the United States, endangering the entire world", Tillerson told the Community of Democracies on Friday. The U.N. Security Council met on Friday afternoon to discuss the North Korean launch, as requested by the United States and Japan.

They carried signs that said "We're not Putin up with it!" and "Protect American Democracy".

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said on Twitter, "North Korea's missile launch is another reckless breach of United Nations resolutions - a major threat to worldwide peace and security which demands a global response".

The remarks also came after H R McMaster, the US' National Security Adviser, reaffirmed that the Trump administration has military options in place for dealing with North Korea.

The increasing levels of sanctions will cut off 90 percent of North Korea's trade.

The sanctions include restrictions on North Korea's oil imports and a ban on its textile exports, after an earlier resolution in August sought to slash the country's US$3 billion annual export revenue by a third.

The latest missile test raises therefore important questions about the credibility of USA extended deterrence and the protective strategic umbrella that America provides to Japan and South Korea. Now, however, with North Korea perilously close to being able to directly threaten U.S. cities with nuclear obliteration, the worry for some is that Pyongyang could blackmail Washington into qualifying or limiting its support for its allies in the region.

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During his speech, Trump condemned North Korea's latest destabilizing action and indicated that the U.S.is prepared to respond militarily. "We can never tolerate that North Korea trampled on the worldwide community's strong, united resolve towards peace that has been shown in UN resolutions and went ahead again with this outrageous act", he said on Friday.

"America and our allies will never be intimidated", Trump said.

HALEY: With North Korea being front and center - Iran will be an issue.

Standing before a B-2 stealth bomber and a vast United States flag, Donald Trump on Friday lashed out at North Korea warned that advanced United States weaponry could make the souls of America's enemies "crumble".

On the other hand, the US and South Korea have announced diminishing willingness to talk to North Korea as it continues its provocative missile launches and nuclear tests.

Mattis was at the U.S. Strategic Command headquarters in Nebraska at the time of the launch and said afterward the missile "was fired over Japan and put millions of Japanese in duck and cover".

The North Korean state-run newspaper Rodong Sinmun on Friday said in an editorial, "If the USA continues to walk on the current course, we will take stronger actions for our self-defense". Both of North Korea's patron nations insist that Pyongyang has legitimate grievances that should be settled through negotiations with the USA and South Korea.

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