PH to North Korea: Stop 'provocative' missile tests, start peace talks

National security adviser H.R. McMaster right and U.S. Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley participate in a news briefing at the White House in Washington Friday Sept. 15 2017

PH to North Korea: Stop 'provocative' missile tests, start peace talks

US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley said today that the worldwide organization has run out of options in dealing with North Korea's nuclear program.

President Donald Trump and his South Korean counterpart, Moon Jae-in, have agreed to intensify economic and diplomatic pressure against North Korea over its repeated nuclear and missile tests.

"There is a military option [on North Korea]".

The United Nations Security Council has condemned the latest missile launch by Pyongyang and urged a peaceful solution to the crisis on the Korean Peninsula.

"The Security Council also emphasized the vital importance of North Korea immediately showing honest commitment to denuclearization through concrete action and stressed the importance of working to reduce tension on the Korean Peinsula", said Tekeda Alemu, President of the Security Council.

But with North Korea showing no signs of restraining itself from continued launches and nuclear tests, a path toward solving the abduction issue is not in sight yet.

When it comes to dealing with North Korea's menacing nuclear weapons program, there are no easy answers.

"I have no problem with kicking it to General Mattis because I think he has plenty of options", Haley said.

They also agreed that the two nations will work with the global community to thoroughly implement the latest UN Security Council resolution.

"We ought to make clear what's different about this approach is that we're out of time", McMaster said.

"I spoke with President Moon of South Korea last night", the president wrote.

H.R. McMaster spoke about North Korea Friday during a White House briefing about the upcoming U.N. General Assembly meeting next week.

HALEY: With North Korea being front and center - Iran will be an issue.

President Donald Trump started his Sunday morning at his private club in Bedminster, New Jersey with a Twitter spree, posting or retweeting 15 tweets from 7:40 a.m.to 9:05 a.m.

North Korea's leaders have repeatedly said they need nuclear weapons to defend themselves against "hostile" U.S. forces, 35,000 of which are stationed in South Korea.

North Korea's growing ability to potentially reach the continental United States with a ballistic missile, which could be mounted with a miniature nuclear device, has increased the urgency for the Trump administration.

China's Ambassador to the United States had a similiar message after U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on September 14 called for more "direct actions" by Beijing and Moscow against North Korea. Then in August, the country tested the weapon twice, sending shockwaves across the region.

"America and our allies will never be intimidated".

Then, a day later, North Korea launched an intermediate range ballistic missile (IRMB) that flew over the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido before landing in the Pacific Ocean, seeming to prove a point that the US territory of Guam is within North Korea's striking distance.

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