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

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

President Trump's top security advisor says the United States is approaching the end of the road for dealing with North Korea using sanctions and diplomacy.

"This includes the regime of North Korea, which has one again shown its utter contempt for its neighbours, and the entire world community", Trump added.

The new U.N. Security Council sanctions cut 55 percent of the refined petroleum products going to North Korea, and fully ban all joint ventures with the country.

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"The president's consistent message will emphasize three goals: first to promote peace, second to promote prosperity, and third to uphold sovereignty and accountability", White House national security adviser H.R. McMaster told reporters at the White House on Friday (September 15).

"I have no problem kicking it to General Mattis", Haley said at a White House press conference, explaining that despite diplomatic efforts and strong United Nations sanctions, the North Koreans "continue to be provocative". "And so for those who have said and have been commenting about the lack of a military option, there is a military option", he said, "[but] it is not what we prefer to do". "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. A resolution in August sought to slash the country's US$3 billion annual export revenue by a third. "... I have no trouble kicking it to [Defense Secretary] Gen. [Jim] Mattis, because I think he has plenty of options".

"What we are seeing is they continue to be provocative, they continue to be reckless". On Monday, it unanimously approved its toughest sanctions yet on North Korea over its nuclear test.