Haley: Diplomacy efforts with North Korea 'pretty much exhausted'

Nikki Haley

Nikki Haley

"It will be Trump's "decision alone" whether or not the United States will certify the Iran deal, but if he chooses not to, "he's on grounds not to do that", said Haley".

"I spoke with President Moon of South Korea last night".

On Sunday morning, Trump called the North Korea leader "Rocket Man", which was a 1972 song sung by Elton John.

"What we're seeing is this is a country who is threatening its neighbors, threatening the United States, continuing to use ballistic testing", Haley said.

Trump also says long gas lines are forming in North Korea, calling it "too bad".

Mattis has warned the consequences of any military action would be "tragic on an unbelievable scale" and bring severe risk to USA ally South Korea.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's tenure at the State Department has been a rocky one, with diplomats uneasy at promised budget cuts and suffering low morale.

On Friday, Haley told reporters at the White House that North Korea has been "strangled" by sanctions and said military options remain squarely on the table if sanctions are not effective. "But be clear: we seek a peaceful solution to this".

In Trump's speech Tuesday, he denounced North Korea, vowing to "totally destroy" the country if the US was provoked.

According to the Associated Press, China accounts for about 90 percent of North Korea's trade.

In an editorial published in The New York Times on Sunday, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe urged the global community to remain united and enforce sanctions against North Korea, adding that Tokyo has responded to the North's provocations "by reaffirming the ironclad Japan-United States alliance" and coordinating in "lock step" with the US and South Korea. "I think he has plenty of options".

"Everyone aspires to a peaceful solution to these challenges", Abe added. Still, prioritizing diplomacy and emphasizing the importance of dialogue will not work with North Korea.

Appearing on ABC television's This Week, National Security Adviser HR McMaster reiterated that "all options are on the table" if North Korea does not abandon its nuclear weapons program.

"Well, I think that's just common sense", Haley said.

In light of North Korea's failure to live up to denuclearization pledges made to Japan, South Korea, the US, China and Russian Federation in 2003 and "its continuing missile launches and nuclear tests", Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe wrote in a Sunday New York Times column, "more dialogue with North Korea would be a dead end".

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