U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley has cautioned at an emergency U.N. Security Council meeting that it was ready to consider military options, if required, to stop North Korea’s nuclear weapons program.
She added that North Korea’s actions were “quickly closing off the possibility of a diplomatic solution” and the United States was prepared to defend itself and its allies. “One of our capabilities lies with our considerable military forces. We will use them if we must, but we prefer not to have to go in that direction,” Haley said.
She had also called for global diplomatic action against Pyongyang for defying world powers by test launching a ballistic missile that could hit Alaska.
North Korea on Tuesday test launched Hwasong-14 intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) that some experts believe has the range to reach the U.S. states of Alaska and Hawaii and perhaps the U.S. Pacific Northwest. North Korea says the missile could carry a large nuclear warhead.
The missile test is a direct challenge to U.S. President Donald Trump who has vowed to prevent North Korea from being able to hit the United States with a nuclear missile. He has been urging China, North Korea’s main trading partner and only major ally, to press Pyongyang to give up its nuclear program.
Haley said the United States would propose new U.N. sanctions on North Korea in coming days and warned that Washington was prepared to cut off trade with countries that were doing business with North Korea in violation of U.N. resolutions.