White House holds press briefing with McMaster, Haley

White House holds press briefing with McMaster, Haley

On Friday, US national security adviser HR McMaster warned that the US was reaching its limits in terms of sanctions and diplomacy as it deals with the North Korean nuclear threat. 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.

Trump's remarks came after North Korea fired a ballistic missile over the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido earlier on Friday, the latest in a stream of missile tests that have looked to defy the global community.

But she said there's only so much the U.N. Security Council can do "when you cut 90 percent of the trade and 30 percent of the oil".

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

This AP file photo shows U.S. National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster. 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. "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.

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It's the second such launch in the past few weeks after North Korea fired a missile over northern Japan in late August.

"We try and push through as many diplomatic options as we have", Haley said during the White House briefing.

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.

Having said that, I have no problem kicking it to Gen. Mattis because I think he has plenty of options.

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