Dana Bash United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley has indicated that if North Korea refuses to respond to diplomatic pressures and the U.S. has to resort to a military option to defend itself, “North Korea will be destroyed.”
United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley has indicated that if North Korea refuses to respond to diplomatic pressures and the U.S. has to resort to a military option to defend itself, the reclusive Asian nation will be “destroyed.”
She made the comment on CNN Sunday after host Dana Bash asked her about the validity of President Trump’s threat of “fire and fury” against the country as the regime has continued to test missiles and challenge the U.S. and its allies.
“It was not an empty threat...where North Korea is being irresponsible and reckless, we were being responsible by trying to use every diplomatic possibility that we could possibly do," Haley responded. "We’ve pretty much exhausted all the things that we could do at the Security Council at this point….I’m perfectly happy kicking this over to [Defense Secretary] General Mattis because he has plenty of military options.”
After Bash asked if she was referring to a military option, the ambassador said, “...if North Korea keeps on with this reckless behavior, if the United States has to defend itself or defend its allies in any way, North Korea will be destroyed, and we all know that.”
Haley’s remarks echo those made by National Security Adviser Gen. H.R. McMaster Friday after it was revealed that North Korea had conducted another missile test.
“For those who have said, and been commenting about a lack of an military option, there is a military option," McMaster told reporters.
But he tempered the comment by saying, “It is not what we would prefer to do.”
President Trump also recently weighed in on the matter.
“I spoke with President Moon of South Korea last night. Asked him how Rocket Man is doing. Long gas lines forming in North Korea. Too bad," Trump tweeted Sunday morning apparently referring to the impact of sanctions on North Korea.