Nikki Haley: If US Defends Itself, 'North Korea Will Be Destroyed'

Nikki Haley: If US Defends Itself, 'North Korea Will Be Destroyed'”

Since taking office, Trump has touted a plan to press China, Pyongyang's only ally and largest trading partner, to do more to rein in North Korea.

Amid increased tensions with North Korea, a group of Senate Democrats have written a letter to President Donald Trump urging him to make appointments to several unfilled posts with responsibility for the region, including the ambassador to South Korea.

Trump, in a Sunday tweet, mocked North Korean leader Kim Jong Un as "Rocket Man".

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.

Ahead of meetings in NY later this week, Nikki Haley kept up the Trump administration's hardline rhetoric when she told reporters that if North Korea poses a serious threat to the USA or its allies then it "will be destroyed". "None of us want war. So something is going to have to be done". But the North American Aerospace Defence Command (NORAD) had said the ballistic missile did not pose a threat to North America. She says war is undesirable but adds that "something has got to be done" if North Korea continues to threaten the US and its allies.

He added that the president will make the case that those values are now "under attack" from threats like North Korea and terrorism. During the talks, North Korea conducted its first nuclear weapon test in 2006.

North Korea fired a missile Friday over Japan, its second launch over the country since Trump threatened in August to unleash "fire and fury" against Pyongyang if acts of aggression continued. Yet Trump will not have the opportunity to meet with Presidents Xi Jinping of China and Vladimir Putin of Russian Federation, both of whom are skipping the gathering. A new set of United Nations sanctions that even Trump declared a "small step", extensive talks and a rhetorical two-step that leaves them where they have been for years.

McMaster repeated that the U.S. demands North Korea give up its nuclear weapons and that "all options" remain on the table. Administration officials reaffirmed the United States' long-standing policy that the North must agree to relinquish its nuclear arsenal as a prerequisite for direct diplomatic talks.

"We've been kicking the can down the road, and we're out of road", H.R. McMaster, Trump's national security adviser, told reporters on Friday. Trump, McMaster added, has "been very clear about that, that all options are on the table".

At the White House, McMaster called on nations to aggressively enforce recent U.N. sanctions to increase economic pressure. "North Korea is already starting to feel the pinch".

On Sunday, Tillerson suggested that the onus now is mainly on China, as the nation is a principle supplier of oil to the North Korean regime - something Tillerson said can be used as leverage. The latest launch further raised alarm globally about North Korea's developing nuclear and missile programs. "There's a dismissal of global concern, unified UN Security Council concerns", he said. McMaster also said the reports are false.

"To be clear, we seek a peaceful solution to this", Tillerson said.

"What we have to make sure is that no deal can provide cover for the Iranian regime to develop a nuclear weapon in a clandestine manner while they're reaping all the benefits of this deal", McMaster said.

That has accelerated the urgency in Washington, at the White House and on Capitol Hill.

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

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