United States exhausting patience for diplomatic solution to North Korea crisis: McMaster, Haley

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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.

The Security Council's reaction came a day after North Korea fired an intermediate-range missile from Pyongyang over northern Japan yesterday.

"For those who have said, and been commenting about a lack of a military option, there is a military option..."

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

Washington, Sep 16 (IANS) US President Donald Trump and his top national security advisers said there were military options available for dealing with the North Korea crisis which were both "effective and overwhelming", the media reported. "So what we have to do is call on all nations, call on everyone to do everything we can to address this global problem short of war".

The UN Security Council imposed the "strongest sanctions ever" on North Korea Monday, putting intense pressure on the regime.

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

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 last set of sanctions included restrictions on North Korea's oil imports and a ban on its textile exports.

The council urged all member states to fully implement the sanctions.

"We have strangled their economic situation at this point", Haley said, adding that the effects will take "a little bit of time". "... I have no trouble kicking it to [Defense Secretary] Gen. [Jim] Mattis, because I think he has plenty of options".

The increasing levels of sanctions are expected to cut off 90 percent of North Korea's trade.

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