Military options against N.Korea effective, overwhelming

Time running out for diplomacy on N. Korea, military options on table: McMaster

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.

Haley, briefing reporters at the White House with National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster, said tough sanctions and further diplomatic methods are necessarily and being pursued.

"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". The Trump administration has repeatedly demonstrated that it is willing to exhaust all diplomatic options before applying military force, but the diplomatic window appears to be closing.

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

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".

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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. Just four days earlier, it had unanimously approved new sanctions on Pyongyang for its sixth and most powerful nuclear test on September 3.

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

But he said that while the United States did have a "military option", it was not the preferred route, adding that the United States is keen to work with allies on measures "short of war". "They continue to be provocative".

The ambassador said she has "no problem kicking it to Gen. Mattis", the U.S. Defense Secretary, because "I think he has plenty of options".

"There's always more you can do, but then you get into the humanitarian aspect of it", she said, talking about how it could hurt North Korean citizens.

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