Time Is Running Out: Haley Says US Prepared to Destroy N Korea

Lester Mason
September 21, 2017

"We have pretty much exhausted all the things that we could do at the Security Council at this point".

Tillerson said on CBS that China, the principal supplier of oil to North Korea, can help exert pressure on Pyongyang by cutting off supplies, and that Russian Federation can stop using 30,000 North Korean guest workers who send their wages home, propping up the economy.

Confronting Iran's actions beyond a 2015 nuclear deal, as well as dealing with North Korea's continued nuclear program, will be a major focus for Trump during his four-day trip, McMaster said.

The annual General Assembly begins Tuesday, when Trump will deliver his first address to the 193-member body.

Trump, who spoke by phone with South Korean President Moon Jae In on Saturday, referred to Kim on Twitter as "Rocket Man" and asserted that "long gas lines" are forming in the North because of recent United Nations sanctions on oil imports.

"But, of course, that's where the rockets are coming from".

National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster echoed her sentiments telling Fox News it's time to stop kicking the can down the road because the U.S.is running out of road. While Washington warns of military options, it says it still wants a peaceful solution.

"I think that North Korea is not going to give up its program with nothing on the table", she said.

On Friday, North Korea launched a missile over Japan into the Pacific Ocean, defying new United Nations sanctions that ban some of its key exports and cap its imports of crude oil.

Last week, Haley touted the UN sanctions on the North, saying that, if enacted, they will cut off 30 per cent of oil imports and curtail 90 per cent of Kim's exports, putting a major economic pinch on a government that has long struggled to provide for the nation's estimated 25 million people.

US presidents have failed to make North Korea end its nuclear weapons program.

Trump tweeted Sunday that long lines for gas are forming in North Korea and called it "too bad".

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said he was waiting for the North to express interest in "constructive, productive talks". "None of us want war".

But Haley warned of a tougher USA response to future North Korean provocations, and said she would be happy to turn the matter over to Defense Secretary Jim Mattis "because he has plenty of military options".

US Secretary of Defence James Mattis spoke over phone with his Japanese counterpart Itsunori Onodera following the latest North Korean missile launch, the Pentagon said.

Bash also pressed Haley on if the president's tweets ever make it harder for her to work with allies, pointing to a highly criticized tweet from the president Friday where Trump responded to the attacks in London.

At a September 15 White House press briefing, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said it was important to "try and push through as many diplomatic options as we have". He said Trump made a decision to leave the Paris climate accord because it is bad for the American people and the environment, but that "the president's ears are open" to possible participation in a new agreement that addresses his concerns about the original 2015 deal.

McMaster also addressed published reports that Trump has changed his mind about withdrawing the USA from a global climate agreement.

-McMaster suggested that Friday's bomb attack in London could lead Trump to introduce a stronger travel ban.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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