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. He added that the standoff is not an issue between the United States and North Korea, but rather, an issue between the world and North Korea.
Trump's comments came after H.R. McMaster, his national security adviser, reaffirmed that the Trump administration has military options in place for dealing with North Korea.
"After seeing your capabilities and commitment here today, I am more confident than ever that our options in addressing this threat are both effective and overwhelming", Trump said inside an airplane hangar, surrounded by U.S. airmen and with a looming stealth bomber positioned behind him.
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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A White House reporter asked Haley about Trump's speech next week at the U.N. General Assembly and what might be said.
"We've been kicking the can down the road and we're out of road". "... I have no trouble kicking it to [Defense Secretary] Gen. [Jim] Mattis, because I think he has plenty of options". "Now, it's not what we prefer to do".
Since President Trump threatened North Korea with "fire and fury" in August, the North has conducted its most powerful nuclear test, threatened to send missiles into the waters around the U.S. Pacific island territory of Guam and launched two missiles of increasing range over Japan.
The last set of sanctions included restrictions on North Korea's oil imports and a ban on its textile exports.