JOINT BASE ANDREWS, United States (AFP) - Standing before a B-2 stealth bomber and a vast US flag, Donald Trump on Friday (Sept 15) lashed out at North Korea warned that advanced US weaponry could make the souls of America's enemies "crumble."
Addressing several hundred air force personnel after reviewing some of America's most high-tech fighters jets and bombers, Trump warned that Pyongyang had "once again shown its utter contempt for its neighbours and for the entire world community."
"After seeing our capabilities, I am more confident than ever that our options are not only effective but overwhelming," Trump said.
The UN Security Council on Friday strongly condemned North Korea's "highly provocative" missile launch and demanded Pyongyang immediately halt such actions - but did not threaten further sanctions.
North Korea fired the intermediate-range ballistic missile over Japan that landed in the Pacific, responding to new UN sanctions with its furthest-ever missile flight.
In a unanimous statement backed by China, the council said the launch was carried out just three weeks after a first missile overflew Japan and less than two weeks after Pyongyang's sixth and biggest nuclear test.
US President Donald Trump has scheduled talks with leaders of Japan and South Korea to address the crisis.