Nikki Haley, America’s Ambassador to the United Nations, told the Security Council on Saturday that they have “pretty much exhausted” their options in dealing with North Korea’s continued efforts to develop nuclear weapons and ballistic missile platforms intended to deliver them.  Haley went on to say that the appropriate course of action at this point may be to turn further handling of the situation over to the Pentagon.

“We wanted to be responsible and go through all diplomatic means to get their attention first,” Haley said. “If that doesn’t work, General Mattis will take care of it.”

Despite claiming to be “perfectly happy” to turn the North Korean situation over to Defense officials, and adding that President Trump’s recent warning of “fire and fury” directed at Kim was not an empty threat, the U.S. Ambassador did temper her statements by making it clear that the United States still does not want a war with North Korea, though according to her, that’s for North Korea’s sake, rather than America’s.

“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,” Haley said. “And we all know that, and none of us want that.”