U.S. exhausting patience for diplomatic solution to North Korea crisis: McMaster, Haley

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U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley warned North Korea on Friday that she is more than willing to let Defense Secretary Jim Mattis deal with the nuclear threat from Pyongyang if sanctions do not work.

A White House reporter asked Haley about Trump's speech next week at the U.N. General Assembly and what might be said.

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"After seeing your capabilities and commitment here today, I am more confident than ever that our options in addressing this threat are both effective and overwhelming", Trump said inside an airplane hangar, surrounded by USA airmen and with a looming stealth bomber positioned behind him.

McMaster encouraged the rigorous enforcement of the global sanctions, adopted Monday, in an effort to exhaust all efforts to confront "this global problem short of war". "They continue to be provocative".

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"What's different about this approach is, we're out of time", said McMaster. "For those who have said, and been commenting about a lack of an military option, there is a military option. Now it is not what we would prefer to do", McMaster said.

North Korea conducted its latest ballistic missile test on Thursday in a show of defiance after the United Nations Security Council voted last week to impose the strongest sanctions to date on the rogue nation.

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North Korea conducted its longest-ever test flight of a ballistic missile Friday, sending an intermediate-range weapon hurtling over USA ally Japan into the northern Pacific Ocean in a launch that signals both defiance of its rivals and a big technological advance. The test marked the twenty-first missile fired by North Korea over 14 tests in 2017. The new sanctions, coupled with those before them, now ban over 90 percent of North Korea's publicly reported 2016 exports - including coal, textiles, iron and seafood, but not revenues from overseas workers.

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