Sarah Sanders, McMaster, Haley hold White House briefing

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Washington, Sep 16 (IANS) US President Donald Trump and his top national security advisers said there were military options available for dealing with the North Korea crisis which were both "effective and overwhelming", the media reported. He added that the standoff is not an issue between the United States and North Korea, but rather, an issue between the world and North Korea.

North Korea conducted its latest ballistic missile test on Thursday in a show of defiance after the United Nations Security Council voted last week to impose the strongest sanctions to date on the rogue nation.

North Korea, according to McMaster, is "one of the world's most urgent and unsafe security problems".

Haley, briefing reporters at the White House with National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster, said tough sanctions and further diplomatic methods are necessarily and being pursued.

Haley said recent sanctions have "strangled" North Korea's "economic situation", calling the impact "dramatic".

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McMaster encouraged the rigorous enforcement of the global sanctions, adopted Monday, in an effort to exhaust all efforts to confront "this global problem short of war".

"We try and push through as many diplomatic options as we have", Haley said during the White House briefing. "We will defend our people, our nations and our civilization from all who dare to threaten our way of life", Trump told military personnel at Joint Base Andrews, marking the 70th anniversary of the Air Force.

"I have no problem with kicking it to General Mattis because I think he has plenty of options", Haley said. "Now, it's not what we prefer to do".

In a statement, the Security Council said the launch was carried out just three weeks after a first missile overflew Japan and less than two weeks after Pyongyang's sixth and biggest nuclear test.

The increasing levels of sanctions are expected to cut off 90 percent of North Korea's trade.