Envoy: ‘I don’t believe we are close’ to military options in North Korea

Envoy: ‘I don’t believe we are close’ to military options in North Korea
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The U.S. special envoy for North Korea said on Thursday said all options are on the table, but added that that he does not believe a military option was "close."

“Our policy is very much for the peaceful resolution of the North Korean nuclear crisis. We’ve said over and over again that what we want to see is dialogue,” Joseph Yun said, according to Reuters.

“Having said that, we also have said that all options are on the table and by all options, it has to include military options,” he continued. “I don’t believe we are close to it.”

President TrumpDonald John TrumpAccuser says Trump should be afraid of the truth Woman behind pro-Trump Facebook page denies being influenced by Russians Shulkin says he has White House approval to root out 'subversion' at VA MORE in his State of the Union address on Tuesday said that North Korea could soon threaten the U.S. 

“North Korea's reckless pursuit of nuclear missiles could very soon threaten our homeland. We are waging a campaign of maximum pressure to prevent that from ever happening," Trump said. 

Tensions between Pyongyang and the international community have ratcheted up over the past year. 

North Korea has ignored calls to halt its intercontinental ballistic missile launches, resulting in a series of sanctions from the U.S. and the United Nations Security Council. 

However, tensions between North Korea and South Korea appear to have improved ahead of the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang later this month. 

The second and last group of North Korean athletes arrived in South Korea on Thursday ahead of the games.