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"So having said that, I have no problem kicking it to General Mattis because I think he has plenty of options", Haley said at the White House briefing, where she and National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster previewed USA efforts at the U.N. General Assembly next week.

"Earlier, National Security Adviser Herbert McMaster also told a White House new briefing that there is a military option to deal with the regime but it's not what the US would prefer to do".

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

National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster said Trump "will urge all states to come together to address great dangers" facing the globe.

The UN Security Council today strongly condemned "highly provocative" launch of a ballistic missile by North Korea and demanded that the reclusive nation immediately halt such "outrageous" actions.

Foreign Minister Taro Kono talked with his counterparts in the United States, South Korea and Russian Federation over the phone to confirm their close coordination over the North Korea issue.

As he did with NATO, Trump has pressed the United Nations for reforms, and Haley emphasized that the administration has seen improvements.

Trump has repeatedly derided the agreement as "one of the worst deals" the USA has ever made, and the president has for months been expected to not certify Iran's compliance - a move that could lead to eventual deterioration of the deal. "And at that point, there's not a whole lot the Security Council is going to be able to do", Haley said. "They've violated so many different elements and they've also violated the spirit of that deal".

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U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley said that combined with previous sanctions the United Nations has now banned 90 percent of North Korea's exports reported in 2016. We are not going to stand what they are doing with our country.

Abe plans to call on other U.N. members to follow through on the new sanctions when he attends the U.N. General Assembly meeting in NY during his September 18-22 visit there.

To understand why the United Nations so often disappoints-and why Trump is calling for reforms to ensure greater accountability-it helps to consider two phenomena that dilute America's capacity to realize its sovereign preferences within any worldwide organization.

On Wednesday, Trump holds a working lunch with African leaders and will meet with the heads of Jordan, Egypt and the Palestinian Authority.

BENNETT: But unlike past presidents, Trump is promoting his America-first agenda.

"These sanctions are just now taking effect", he said, without providing evidence.

"He should explain that if they continue to look the other way when it comes to Kim Jong Un's acts of aggression, America will start sanctioning parties in China that are making the problem worse". "For those who've been commenting about the lack of a military option, there is a military option". "And I think that he will make quite an impact". Executive branch agencies (and their private contractors) sometimes resist accountability to congressional paymasters-to say nothing of their ultimate principals under the U.S. Constitution, the American people.