Military options against N.Korea effective, overwhelming

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Military options against N.Korea effective, overwhelming

"So having said that, I have no problem kicking it to General Mattis because I think he has plenty of options", Haley said at the White House briefing, where she and National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster previewed US efforts at the U.N. General Assembly next week. 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.

North Korea launched what appeared to be an intermediate-range ballistic missile over northern Japan early Friday (local time), defying worldwide calls to halt its provocations.

"For those who have said and who have been commenting on a lack of a military option, there is a military option", he said at the White House briefing, though he noted that it was not the administration's preferred route for dealing with the nation's aggressiveness. McMaster said the USA has "run out of road".

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.

The U.S.is nearing the end of what sanctions and diplomatic efforts can do to rein in North Korea's weapons program, White House national security adviser H.R. McMaster and U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations.Nikki Haley said Friday from the White House. "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".

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

"We ought to make clear what's different about this approach is that we're out of time", McMaster said.

In a statement, the Security Council said the launch was carried out just three weeks after a first missile overflew Japan and less than two weeks after Pyongyang's sixth and biggest nuclear test.

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.

Having said that, I have no problem kicking it to Gen. Mattis because I think he has plenty of options.

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