Nikki Haley
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US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley said that North Korea is "begging for war" at an emergency session of the UN Security Council to discuss the rogue nation's recent hydrogen bomb test.

Ambassador Haley listed off the actions the UN has taken to contain North Korea's reckless and destabilizing behavior, before declaring, "enough is enough."

"Twenty-four years of half measures and failed talks is enough.

She said that the "incremental approach" which the international community has taken towards North Korea and its nuclear ambitions had failed "despite the best of intentions.”

“We have kicked the can down the road long enough. There is no more road left," she said. "The time has come to exhaust all diplomatic means to end this crisis. Only the strongest sanctions will enable us to solve this problem through diplomacy."

Sunday's detonation was the sixth nuclear weapons test North Korea has carried out since 2006.

North Korea claimed on Saturday it has developed a hydrogen bomb (H-bomb) which can be loaded into the country's new intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), AFP reported, citing the official Korean Central News Agency.

US President Donald Trump suggested a military attack on North Korea was on the tablefollowing the announcement of the thermonuclear test.

Reporters questioned President Trump as he left a Washington DC church, asking the president how White House would respond to Pyongyang’s first thermonuclear test, if it were confirmed.

When asked whether he would launch a military strike on North Korea, Trump answered “We’ll see.”