Trump adviser says military option not preferred for NKorea

Trump adviser says military option not preferred for NKorea

Speaking to reporters alongside United States ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley at a press conference in the White House, McMaster, the nation's top security chief, said the U.S. was running out of options on North Korea. 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.

On Thursday North Korea fired an intermediate range ballistic missile over the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido. "We will defend our people, our nations and our civilization from all who dare to threaten our way of life", Trump told military personnel at Joint Base Andrews, marking the 70th anniversary of the Air Force.


A White House reporter asked Haley about Trump's speech next week at the U.N. General Assembly and what might be said. He calls on all nations to enforce them and do everything they can to address the threat and prevent war.

McMaster stressed Friday that the U.S.is still trying to resolve the conflict diplomaticcaly. "The members of the Security Council strongly condemned these launches, condemned further North Korea for its outrageous actions, and demanded that North Korea immediately cease all such actions", the Security Council said in a statement after an emergency meeting. Just four days earlier, it had unanimously approved new sanctions on Pyongyang for its sixth and most powerful nuclear test on September 3. The new sanctions, coupled with those before them, now ban over 90 percent of North Korea's publicly reported 2016 exports - including coal, textiles, iron and seafood, but not revenues from overseas workers. "They're better looking than Tom Cruise and we know they can fight better and we know they can fly better", he said, referring to Cruise's 1986 film "Top Gun". She said, however, that options for dealing with the regime of Kim Jong Un are not limited to diplomacy. "There's not a whole lot the Security Council is going to be able to do from here". On Monday, it unanimously approved its toughest sanctions yet on North Korea over its nuclear test.

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