Haley: Trump's fire, fury comment 'not an empty threat'

Cheryl Sanders
September 22, 2017

U.S. Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley has raised the prospect of military action against North Korea, saying that the UN Security Council has basically exhausted its diplomatic options for dealing with the North.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and South Korean President Moon Jae-in agreed to work closely together to get the worldwide community to implement fresh United Nations sanctions against North Korea.

She said that the US wanted to be responsible and go through all diplomatic means to get the North's attention first, but if that doesn't work, Defense Secretary James Mattis will take care of it.

On Friday, the U.N. Security Council condemned North Korea's "highly provocative" test of an intermediate-range missile, which hurtled over USA ally Japan into the northern Pacific Ocean. On Thursday, Pyongyang fired another missile over Japan.

As he welcomes leaders from almost 200 nations to his hometown of NY, he'll press them to join US efforts to constrain missile and nuclear programs in both North Korea and Iran.

McMaster said it was unlikely that Trump would speak to Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro, whom the White House has sanctioned and called a dictator.

"After seeing your capabilities and commitment here today, I am more confident than ever that our options in addressing this threat are both effective and overwhelming", Trump said in his address to air force personnel and families on the 70th anniversary of the US Air Force. Long gas lines forming in North Korea.

Those arguments were buttressed from within Trump's administration last month when Steven Bannon concurred that America was essentially bluffing about military options, shortly before he was pushed out as the president's strategic adviser.

And Trump tweets that he's asked Moon about "Rocket Man" - an apparent reference to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un (kim jawng oon).

Speaking on political talk shows, both the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson warned that despite seeking a peaceful solution, the Trump administration would not rule out the military option for North Korea.

"To be clear, we seek a peaceful solution to this", Tillerson said.

In a unanimous statement backed by China, the 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.

"I think they're deepening their isolation, economic and diplomatic".

Democratic U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein said on Sunday that Trump should not rule out talks with North Korea before it agrees to end its nuclear programme.

"They are all very anxious to hear what he has to say", Haley said.

Agreements with the North "locked in the status quo as the new normal", according to the general. "And they have responded with more missile launches and a nuclear test".

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