The US has warned that it could use a military option if the new sanctions fail to prevent North Korea from developing nuclear weapons, The Guardian reported on Sunday.
The US ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, and the national security adviser, HR McMaster, told reporters that the latest set of UN sanctions, imposed earlier this week after North Korea’s sixth nuclear test, would need time to take effect, but they suggested that after that, the US would consider military action.
“What is different about this approach is: we’re out of time, right?” McMaster said on Friday.
“We have been kicking the can down the road and we’re out of the road. For those who have been commenting about the lack of a military option – there is a military option. Now, it’s not what we prefer to do, so what we have to do is call on all nations to do everything we can to address this global problem, short of war.”
Haley said the North Korea issue could soon become a matter for the Pentagon and the defense secretary, James Mattis.
A new UN security council session was called on Friday to address North Korean defiance, but Haley said there was little more that UN measures could do to change Pyongyang’s behavior.