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White House holds press briefing with McMaster, Haley

White House holds press briefing with McMaster, Haley

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. North Korea has launched dozens of missiles under Kim Jong Un's leadership to accelerate a weapons programme created to give it the ability to target the United States with a powerful, nuclear-tipped missile.

Friday's briefing comes after North Korea conducted another ballistic missile test over Japan, further escalating tensions in the region.

His comments were echoed by Ms Haley, who said the USA had plenty of options in dealing with North Korea.

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".

Last month, the president stirred global concern when he threatened to unleash "fire and fury" on North Korea if the country continued to threaten the U.S.

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"We have strangled their economic situation", she said.

"I have no problem with kicking it to General Mattis because I think he has plenty of options", Haley said.

Earlier this week, the UN Security Council agreed to tighten sanctions on North Korea, banning its textile exports and capping fuel supplies. "Now it is not what we would prefer to do", McMaster said.

"They continue to be provocative, they continue to be reckless", she said, noting that there were limits to what the Security Council could do "when you cut 90 per cent of the trade and 30 per cent of the oil", referring to the latest round of sanctions.

The launch is the second to flyover Japan in less than a month, and the first since North Korea's sixth nuclear test and new United Nations sanctions on the country.