Friday, 22 September, 2017

United Nations Security Council condemns highly provocative North Korea missile launch

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Hours later, President Donald Trump said the same thing during a speech at Joint Base Andrews, saying US military options are "both overwhelming and effective", and called out North Korea's "utter contempt for its neighbors and the worldwide community".

The US president was speaking after North Korea launched a ballistic missile that flew over Japan, its 15th missile test this year.

But she said there's only so much the U.N. Security Council can do "when you cut 90 percent of the trade and 30 percent of the oil".

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.

"What we are seeing is they continue to be provocative, they continue to be reckless".

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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It's the second such launch in the past few weeks after North Korea fired a missile over northern Japan in late August.

A White House reporter asked Haley about Trump's speech next week at the U.N. General Assembly and what might be said. She said, however, that options for dealing with the regime of Kim Jong Un are not limited to diplomacy.

The Security Council scheduled an emergency closed-door meeting Friday afternoon in NY.

"For those who have been commenting about the lack of a military option, well, there is a military option". "... I have no trouble kicking it to [Defense Secretary] Gen. [Jim] Mattis, because I think he has plenty of options".

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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