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McMaster says there is military option against N. Korea

McMaster says there is military option against N. Korea

McMaster sent a mixed message on Friday, insisting that the U.S. retained a "military option" in dealing with North Korea even while calling on "everyone to do everything we can to address the global problem short of war".

Once again Kim Jong-un, with his latest threatening launch of a long-range missile over Japan yesterday, has demonstrated both North Korea's rapidly accelerating technical capabilities, and Pyongyang's aptitude for strategic and psychological intimidation.

Will the president take to Twitter to savage the United Nations if he feels insufficient progress is being made, breaking with the carefully crafted talking points created by advisers and diplomats? "The United Kingdom stands with the people of Japan in face of this bad, egregious, illegal, provocative, reckless act by the North Korean regime, which once again demonstrates their complete disregard for the sovereignty and the citizens of one of their neighbours", the British Ambassador to the UN, Matthew Rycroft told reporters after the meeting of the Security Council.

"We try and push through as many diplomatic options as we have", Haley said.

Responding to a question, Mattis said he is not aware of any effort on the part of South Korea to shoot down the North Korean missile. A new set of United Nations sanctions that even Trump declared a "small step", extensive talks and a rhetorical two-step that leaves them where they have been for years. "And at that point there is not a whole lot the security council is going to be able to do from here when you have cut 90% of the trade and 30% of the oil", she said.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe called for new sanctions "to be firmly imposed" in response to the latest North Korean missile test that violated Japanese airspace.

US options range from everything to accepting North Korea as a nuclear power to using military force in a bid to destroy its arsenal and even oust leader Kim Jong Un.

President Donald Trump has derided the U.N for its "utter weakness and incompetence" and even pledged to cut USA taxpayer funding that contributes to its budget.

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"If North Korea continues to walk down this path, it has no bright future. China and Russian Federation must indicate their intolerance for these reckless missile launches by taking direct actions of their own", Tillerson demanded.

On the other hand, the USA and South Korea have announced diminishing willingness to talk to North Korea as it continues its provocative missile launches and nuclear tests.

"There are no shortage of issues, with North Korea being front and center", said Haley.

North Korea said earlier this month it was developing a hydrogen bomb that could carry out an EMP attack.

In the past two years, North Korea has conducted 27 ballistic missile launches and three nuclear tests.

More specifically, China and Russian Federation want the U.S.to accept North Korea's demand to cease joint military exercises with South Korea to bring the Kim regime to the negotiating table.

Promoting an "America First" agenda at the United Nations.