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

17 September, 2017, 00:30 | Author: Gregory Stephens
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At a White House press briefing on Friday, National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster said that, while it would not be the administration's preferred choice, there is a military option to deal with Pyongyang.

The United Nations reacted strongly after North Korea tested a weapon analysts say has the explosive power of 250 kilotons of TNT, passing the new sanctions on September 11. "For those who have said, and been commenting about a lack of an military option, there is a military option".

McMaster stressed Friday that the U.S.is still trying to resolve the conflict diplomaticcaly.

"It's not what we would prefer to do, so what we have to do is call on all nations, call on everyone to do everything we can to address this global problem short of war", he said, flanked by U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley.

The UN Security Council held an emergency meeting on Friday in NY to discuss the crisis, though no further sanctions were expected to be agreed.

It did not, however, mention further sanctions against the regime. 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.


The council urged all member states to fully implement the sanctions.

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

"We have strangled their economic situation", she said. "There's not a whole lot the Security Council is going to be able to do from here".

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

With Haley leading the way, the United Nations has placed increased sanctions on North Korea due to its belligerent behavior regarding its nuclear program.

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