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Published: Sun, September 17, 2017
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Sarah Sanders, McMaster, Haley hold White House briefing

Sarah Sanders, McMaster, Haley hold White House briefing

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.

On Thursday North Korea fired an intermediate range ballistic missile over the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido.

"There is a military option", he said.

"I have no problem kicking it to General Mattis", Haley said at a White House press conference, explaining that despite diplomatic efforts and strong United Nations sanctions, the North Koreans "continue to be provocative".

Hours later, President Donald Trump said the same thing during a speech at Joint Base Andrews, saying USA military options are "both overwhelming and effective", and called out North Korea's "utter contempt for its neighbors and the global community".

McMaster says recently imposed United Nations sanctions on North Korea are just taking effect.

This AP file photo shows U.S. National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster.

The Security Council scheduled an emergency closed-door meeting Friday afternoon in NY. Just four days earlier, it had unanimously approved new sanctions on Pyongyang for its sixth and most powerful nuclear test on September 3.

It did not, however, mention further sanctions against the regime.

The council urged all member states to fully implement the sanctions. "As Ambassador Haley said before, we've been kicking the can down the road and we're out of road".

"We're out of time", McMaster said. And at that point there is not a whole lot the security council is going to be able to do from here when you have cut 90% of the trade and 30% of the oil. "... I have no trouble kicking it to [Defense Secretary] Gen. [Jim] Mattis, 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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