Haley: Diplomacy efforts with North Korea 'pretty much exhausted'

Frederick Owens
September 20, 2017

North Korea launched a missile over Japan into the Pacific Ocean on Thursday in defiance of new UN Security Council sanctions banning its textile exports and capping imports of crude oil.

It will be the first visit by a high-level Chinese military official since South Korea and the United States agreed to deploy the advanced THAAD missile defense system on the peninsula a year ago.

"If I were giving the president advice, I would have said avoid using 'Rocket Man, '" Schumer said during a press conference at the U.S. Capitol.

Multiple top Trump advisers said Friday there are military options available for dealing with the North Korea crisis, despite some experts and former Trump allies saying that there are no good options for the region. During an interview with CBS on Sunday, Tillerson said the Trump administration's strategy on Pyongyang involves a (quote) "peaceful pressure campaign", which is aimed at bringing the regime back to the table for constructive and productive dialogue.

For just under half an hour Saturday night, President Trump and his South Korean counterpart, Moon Jae-in, tackled the missile threat looming from Pyongyang. Presumably the "Rocket Man" reference was to the Elton John song from 1972.

"I think that North Korea is not going to give up its program with nothing on the table", she said Sunday.

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Mattis said after Kim tested a hydrogen bomb earlier this month that the US will answer any threat from the North with a "massive military response, a response both effective and overwhelming". "These are the issues that the US intelligence community has to answer: from which countries they receive the fuel - it's probably China - and whether North Korea has a stockpile and how big it is". Trump's United Nations ambassador, Nikki Haley, said Sunday on CNN's State of the Union that North Korea was starting to "feel the pinch" from the additional sanctions of more than $1 billion.

North Korea fired a ballistic missile over the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido Friday, the latest in a stream of missile tests that have looked to defy the global community.

Democratic US Senator Dianne Feinstein said on Sunday that Trump should not rule out talks with North Korea before it agrees to end its nuclear program.

"And none of us want that".

"We have economically strangled North Korea at this point, and they have said as much", she said.

Nikki Haley says North Korea will be "destroyed" if it continues with what she describes as "reckless" behavior. "None of us want war".

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