Haley: 'Plenty' of military options available for dealing with North Korea

Michele Moreno
September 17, 2017

The US president was speaking after North Korea launched a ballistic missile that flew over Japan, its 15th missile test this year. The Trump administration has repeatedly demonstrated that it is willing to exhaust all diplomatic options before applying military force, but the diplomatic window appears to be closing.

Haley said recent sanctions have "strangled" North Korea's "economic situation", calling the impact "dramatic".

McMaster says recently imposed United Nations sanctions on North Korea are just taking effect.

President Trump said Friday that he is confident the United States' options toward North Korea are "effective and overwhelming".

McMaster encouraged the rigorous enforcement of the global sanctions, adopted Monday, in an effort to exhaust all efforts to confront "this global problem short of war".

"We're out of time", McMaster said.

In a statement, the Security 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. She said, however, that options for dealing with the regime of Kim Jong Un are not limited to diplomacy. "The members of the Security Council strongly condemned these launches, condemned further North Korea for its outrageous actions, and demanded that North Korea immediately cease all such actions", the Security Council said in a statement after an emergency meeting. The new sanctions, coupled with those before them, now ban over 90 percent of North Korea's publicly reported 2016 exports - including coal, textiles, iron and seafood, but not revenues from overseas workers.

"I have no problem kicking it to [defence secretary] Gen [James] Mattis, because I think he has plenty of options", she said.

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