White House holds press briefing with McMaster, Haley

The U.S. ambassador to the U.N., Nikki Haley, was at the White House briefing Friday afternoon.

The Security Council's reaction came a day after North Korea fired an intermediate-range missile from Pyongyang over northern Japan yesterday. The Trump administration has repeatedly demonstrated that it is willing to exhaust all diplomatic options before applying military force, but the diplomatic window appears to be closing.

Though they were not their top choices for the region, Haley and McMaster said, they were available to the President.

The UN Security Council imposed the "strongest sanctions ever" on North Korea Monday, putting intense pressure on the regime.

President Donald Trump will take his "America First" message to the United Nations next week and seek support for tough measures against North Korea despite his skepticism about the value of global groups like the 193-member body.

This AP file photo shows U.S. National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster. "It's not what we'd prefer to do".

"We're out of time", McMaster said. "The members of the Security Council strongly condemned these launches, condemned further North Korea for its outrageous actions, and demanded that North Korea immediately cease all such actions", the Security Council said in a statement after an emergency meeting.

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

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

With Haley leading the way, the United Nations has placed increased sanctions on North Korea due to its belligerent behavior regarding its nuclear program.


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