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White House holds press briefing with McMaster, Haley

December 16 2017, 10:37 | Irvin Gilbert

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"The president's consistent message will emphasize three goals: first to promote peace, second to promote prosperity, and third to uphold sovereignty and accountability", White House national security adviser H.R. McMaster told reporters at the White House on Friday (September 15).

The United Nations reacted strongly after North Korea tested a weapon analysts say has the explosive power of 250 kilotons of TNT, passing the new sanctions on September 11.

Friday's briefing comes after North Korea conducted another ballistic missile test over Japan, further escalating tensions in the region.

"For those who have said and who have been commenting on a lack of a military option, there is a military option", he said at the White House briefing, though he noted that it was not the administration's preferred route for dealing with the nation's aggressiveness.

His comments were echoed by Ms Haley, who said the United States had plenty of options in dealing with North Korea.

North Korea, according to McMaster, is "one of the world's most urgent and unsafe security problems".

President Donald Trump honored the resolve of the nation's Air Force on Friday, warning foes and global terrorist groups that the US military would respond to any threats.

But he said that while the USA did have a "military option", it was not the preferred route, adding that the U.S. is keen to work with allies on measures "short of war".

"We have strangled their economic situation at this point", Haley said, adding that the effects will take "a little bit of time".

The last set of sanctions included restrictions on North Korea's oil imports and a ban on its textile exports.

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". On Monday, it unanimously approved its toughest sanctions yet on North Korea over its nuclear test.

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