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United Nations has exhausted options on North Korea: US envoy Haley

22 September 2017

For his part, Trump tweeted Sunday morning that he spoke with South Korean President Moon Jae-in, and in the tweet referred to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un as "Rocket Man".

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

The spotlight will be on U.S. President Donald Trump and France's new leader Emmanuel Macron, who will be making their first appearance at the General Assembly.

Trump, who will stay in his Manhattan penthouse at Trump Tower, will conclude his stay Thursday with meetings with leaders from Turkey, Afghanistan and Ukraine before holding a lunch with the leaders of South Korea and Japan, largely to discuss the threats emanating from North Korea. New U.N. sanctions cut oil exports to North Korea.

National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster said Trump "will urge all states to come together to address great dangers" facing the globe.

The ambassador also said Wednesday there are "lots of military options" the United States could use against North Korea, but "no one wants war. So I will tell you that, look, this is a way of like, you know, getting people to talk about him but every other worldwide community now is referring to him as 'Rocket Man'".

McMaster addressed the most recent round of sanctions against North Korea, which the United Nations voted on Monday in response to the regime's nuclear provocations.

The US is "not going to stand for what they (Iran) are doing", the President said, arguing Iran has "violated so many different elements" of the deal. "And they have responded with more missile launches and a nuclear test".

As president-elect, he called the United Nations.

Nikki Haley, the United States ambassador to the UN, said on Sunday the UN Security Council has run out of options on containing North Korea's nuclear programme - and the U.S. may now turn to the Pentagon.

Trump, in a tweet, asserted that long lines for gas were forming in North Korea, and he said that was "too bad".

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Haley also warned of a tougher US response to future North Korean provocations, saying the Security Council has "pretty much exhausted" all of its options and that she would be happy to turn the matter over to Defense Secretary Jim Mattis "because he has plenty of military options".

"I'll tell you, George, it worked", she said.

McMaster appeared alongside U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley at the daily White House press briefing, where the two addressed the ongoing situation in North Korea. "But we also have to look at the fact that you are dealing with someone who is being reckless, irresponsible and is continuing to give threats not only to the United States, but to all their allies, so something is going to have to be done".

Kim has threatened Guam, a US territory in the Pacific, and has fired missiles over Japan, a USA ally. And he suggested that Friday's bomb attack in London could lead Trump to introduce a stronger travel ban.

Previous administrations have pressed the embrace change.

In the White House briefing with McMaster, Haley acknowledged global curiosity about the USA team coming to UNGA.

But McMaster said Washington isn't assuming the sanctions will work or buy time.

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.

"All they need to do to let us know they're ready to talk is to just stop these tests, stop these provocative actions, and let's lower the threat level and the rhetoric", he said.

Military options available to Trump range from a sea blockade aimed at enforcing sanctions to cruise missile strikes on nuclear and missile facilities to a broader campaign aimed at regime change.