Military options against N.Korea effective, overwhelming

Military options against N.Korea effective, overwhelming

The United States has not ruled out military options against North Korea, President Donald Trump's national security adviser said Friday, after Pyongyang launched another missile over Japan. 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.

North Korea launched what appeared to be an intermediate-range ballistic missile over northern Japan early Friday (local time), defying global calls to halt its provocations. Haley noted that the USA and the U.N. have saddled the hermit nation with crippling sanctions.

This AP file photo shows U.S. National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster. He calls on all nations to enforce them and do everything they can to address the threat and prevent war.

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. The Trump administration has repeatedly demonstrated that it is willing to exhaust all diplomatic options before applying military force, but the diplomatic window appears to be closing.

It did not, however, mention further sanctions against the regime. "As Ambassador Haley said before, 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". "We have strangled their economic situation", Haley said, explaining that there is no way North Korea will not feel the impact of the latest sanctions, which cut off 90 percent of all North Korean exports.

With Haley leading the way, the United Nations has placed increased sanctions on North Korea due to its belligerent behavior regarding its nuclear program.