— Department of State (@StateDept) September 15, 2017
Via Daily Caller:
U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said Friday that if diplomacy fails on North Korea, she has no problem letting Secretary of Defense James Mattis take the fight to Pyongyang.
“I have no problem kicking it to General Mattis,” Haley said at a White House press conference, explaining that despite diplomatic efforts and strong UN sanctions, the North Koreans “continue to be provocative.”
The U.S., together with its international partners, has been pursuing a diplomatic solution to the North Korea problem while maintaining that “all options are on the table.” 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.
“We’re out of time,” White House National Security Adviser General H.R. McMaster said. “There is a military option.” McMaster clarified that the military option is not the preferred choice, but North Korea is not responding to international pressure.