Published: Fri, September 22, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

US Ambassador Haley - UN has exhausted options on North Korea

US Ambassador Haley - UN has exhausted options on North Korea

U.S. Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley has raised the prospect of military action against North Korea, saying that the UN Security Council has basically exhausted its diplomatic options for dealing with the North.

U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley told reporters on Friday that North Korea has been "strangled" by sanctions and that, while it is important to pursue diplomatic options, military options remain squarely on the table if sanctions are not effective.

"We have pretty much exhausted all the things that we can do at the Security Council at this point", Haley told CNN's "State of the Union", adding that she was perfectly happy to hand the North Korea problem over to Defense Secretary James Mattis.

"If North Korea keeps on with this reckless behaviour, if the United States has to defend itself or defend its allies in any way, North Korea will be destroyed". On Thursday, Pyongyang fired another missile over Japan.

Trump will meet with leaders from Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Latin America throughout the week, but his remarks, scheduled for Tuesday morning, will be the president's highest profile opportunity to explain his foreign policy vision couched in his "America first" agenda. Asked him how Rocket Man is doing.

McMaster sent a mixed message Friday, insisting that the United States retained a "military option" in dealing with North Korea even while calling on "everyone to do everything we can to address the global problem short of war".

Trump said America and its allies will never be intimidated.

Military options available to Trump range from a sea blockade aimed at enforcing sanctions to cruise missile strikes on nuclear and missile facilities to a broader campaign aimed at overthrowing leader Kim Jong Un.

"We will defend our people and our civilization from all who dare to threaten our way of life", Trump said at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland on Friday after Pyongyang conducted its longest-ever test flight of a ballistic missile. A new set of United Nations sanctions that even Trump declared a "small step", extensive talks and a rhetorical two-step that leaves them where they have been for years. That launch came less than two weeks after Pyongyang staged its most powerful nuclear test yet. "There's no military solution here, they got us".

Trump's appearance at the United Nations - highlighted by an address Tuesday before the world body - is his biggest moment on the world stage since taking office.

The US is "not going to stand for what they (Iran) are doing", the President said, arguing Iran has "violated so many different elements" of the deal.

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