U.S. warns North Korea will be destroyed if threats continue

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley speaks during a news briefing at the White House in Washington Friday Sept. 15 2017

U.S. warns North Korea will be destroyed if threats continue

The UN has run out of options for confronting an increasingly belligerent North Korea, US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley has said, presenting a unified front with Trump administration officials who continue to float a military option ahead of this week's summit in NY.

In his speech Tuesday, Trump warned that the United States will "totally destroy North Korea" if it attacks the USA or its allies, and Haley said the US has been trying to work through dialogue to reach a resolution.

"We wanted to be responsible and go through all diplomatic means to get their attention first", Haley added.

On Thursday, North Korea launched a missile over Japan into the Pacific Ocean despite the UN Security Council's new sanctions on DPRK textile exports and a cap on crude oil imports.

"If North Korea keeps on with this reckless behavior, if the United States has to defend itself or defend its allies in any way, North Korea will be destroyed", Haley told CNN. "None of us want war", she continued.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, who sits on the Senate Intelligence Committee, said she was very concerned about North Korea's rapid nuclear buildup.

McMaster repeated that the U.S. demands North Korea give up its nuclear weapons and that "all options" remain on the table.

So, was the president's fire and fury remark an empty threat?

President Trump noted that in the 8 African leaders gathered at the meeting, "I see partners for promoting prosperity and peace on a range of economic, humanitarian, and security issues". But three days later, Pyongyang launched another ballistic missile over Japan, defying global calls to halt its nuclear and missile program.

Trump has repeatedly refused to rule out a military strike on North Korea's nuclear facilities.

McMaster said Trump's scheduled speech Tuesday at the U.S. General Assembly in NY will "communicate his vision for America's role in the world" in three areas: protecting American people, promoting American prosperity and promoting accountability and sovereignty. "None of us want war", she said.

Appearing Sunday on ABC's "This Week", Trump's national security adviser, H.R. McMaster, reiterated that "all options are on the table" when it comes to addressing the North Korean threat. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin said today he had discussions with China's bank officials, but also didn't confirm Trump's statement.

"I think that North Korea is not going to give up its program with nothing on the table", she said on CNN. You've got a United Nations that is action oriented, we've passed two resolutions on North Korea just in the last month. "They've done six nuclear tests".

The US President indicated further that his administration is committed to extending partnerships with 9 countries, because they "are committed to self-reliance and to fostering opportunities for job creation in both Africa and the United States".

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