Korea of military options

Donald Trump briefed on North Korea missile launch: White House

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said Friday that if diplomacy fails on North Korea, she has no problem letting Secretary of Defense James Mattis take the fight to Pyongyang.

Speaking to military personnel at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland on Friday en route to his New Jersey golf club, Mr Trump said that North Korea had "once again shown its utter contempt for its neighbours and the entire world community".

The Security Council's reaction came a day after North Korea fired an intermediate-range missile from Pyongyang over northern Japan yesterday.

North Korea, according to McMaster, is "one of the world's most urgent and risky security problems".

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

Though they were not their top choices for the region, Haley and McMaster said, they were available to the President. "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".

The sanctions were announced days before North Korea's latest provocation this week, the launching of a missile over Japan into the Pacific.

The Security Council scheduled an emergency closed-door meeting Friday afternoon in NY. She said they were continuing to work on reform at the United Nations and said that finally the body is taking action on certain issues.

The last set of sanctions included restrictions on North Korea's oil imports and a ban on its textile exports.

"In the words of North Korea, we have strangled their economic situation at this point". "... I have no trouble kicking it to [Defense Secretary] Gen. [Jim] Mattis, because I think he has plenty of options".

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