This was expressed by the US ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, who acknowledged that “there are many military alternatives on the table”

China urged the United States to curb its “threats” to Pyongyang. Asked about last month US President Donald Trump’s warning to respond with “fire and fury” to North Korea in the face of any provocative act, Haley said: “It was not an empty threat.”

“If North Korea continues its reckless behavior, if the United States has to defend themselves or their allies somehow North Korea will be destroyed. And we all know that. And nobody wants that. None of us wants a war” he told CNN.

Pyongyang has launched dozens of missiles as it speeds up its weapons program, designed to provide it with the ability to reach the United States with a powerful nuclear bomb.

On Saturday, North Korea said it was seeking a “balance” of military forces with the United States.