McMaster says there is military option against N. Korea

Anti-North Korea protesters

Anti-North Korea protesters

Briefing reporters ahead of the annual United Nations meeting, Haley and H.R. McMaster - the White House national security adviser - took a tough line on North Korea, warning that a military option to deal with its nuclear threats was available.

Kim also said the the final goal of North Korea in developing its nuclear and missile programs was to establish a strategic equilibrium with the US.

Just two days ago, North Korea fired a ballistic missile over the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido, the latest in a series of missile tests defying the global community.

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.

Trump has said the United States and its allies will not be intimidated by the reclusive nation.

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

Kim had told his top officials that the goal of Pyongyang's efforts "is to establish the equilibrium of real force with the U.S. and make the USA rulers dare not talk about military option", according to the nation's state media.

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

"I personally think he slaps the right people, he hugs the right people, and he comes out with (the) United States being very strong, in the end", Haley, speaking at the White House, said of Trump's speech.

Nikki Haley says North Korea will be "destroyed" if it continues with what she describes as "reckless" behavior.

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The ambassador said she has "no problem kicking it to Gen. Mattis", the U.S. Defense Secretary, because "I think he has plenty of options".

"The two leaders agreed to work closely and to put stronger and more effective sanctions and pressure on North Korea in cooperation with the global community", South Korea's presidential spokesman Park Soo-hyun said.

North Korea fired a ballistic missile over the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido Friday local time, the latest in a stream of missile tests that have looked to defy the global community.

It had already stepped up sanctions against North Korea in response to a nuclear bomb test on September 3, imposing a ban on North Korea's textile exports and capping its imports of crude oil. "That creates openings for other leaders like President Emmanuel Macron of France to step up and say that actually they are the guys who are going to lead the United Nations more effectively from now on". North Korea also has the world's largest standing army.

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