Nikki Haley to North Korea: 'No problem' letting Mattis deal with you

Frederick Owens
September 17, 2017

The United States has not ruled out military options against North Korea, President Donald Trump's national security adviser said Friday, after Pyongyang launched another missile over Japan.

And Trump said the country had "once again shown its utter contempt for its neighbors and for the entire world community".

North Korea kicked off September with a test of a suspected staged thermonuclear bomb, specifically a hydrogen bomb, and early Friday, the regime launched a Hwasong-12 intermediate-range ballistic missile for the second time in a month.

H.R. McMaster spoke about North Korea Friday during a White House briefing about the upcoming U.N. General Assembly meeting next week.

His comments were echoed by Ms Haley, who said the U.S. had plenty of options in dealing with North Korea.

"There is a military option", he said.

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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".

But he said that while the USA did have a "military option", it was not the preferred route, adding that the U.S. is keen to work with allies on measures "short of war".

"After seeing your capabilities and commitment here today, I am more confident than ever that our options in addressing this threat are both effective and overwhelming", Trump said inside an airplane hangar, surrounded by USA airmen and with a looming stealth bomber positioned behind him.

The launch is the second to flyover Japan in less than a month, and the first since North Korea's sixth nuclear test and new United Nations sanctions on the country.

In New York, the U.N. Security Council unanimously condemned the launch and called it a "highly provocative" act. And at that point there is not a whole lot the security council is going to be able to do from here when you have cut 90% of the trade and 30% of the oil.

"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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