U.S Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley praised new sanctions against North Korea as a sign that the international community is seriously addressing the threat of Pyongyang’s nuclear weapons program.
“It is time for North Korea to realize, we are not playing anymore,” Haley said on Fox News’s “Sunday Morning Futures with Maria Bartiromo.”
The sanctions largely target North Korea’s major exports such as coal, iron and seafood, Haley said.
“A third of their trade exports have been hit, and we basically gave them a kick in the gut with a billion dollars of sanctions that they are going to begin to feel right away,” she continued, adding that the measure “sends a really strong message.”
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The U.N. Security Council unanimously passed a resolution on Saturday that would slap the new sanctions on North Korea in retaliation for its repeated ballistic missile testing and continued efforts to develop nuclear weapons.
The former South Carolina governor said North Korea now has a big decision to make.
“They can either respond by pulling back and saying that they are not going to be a part of this reckless activity anymore or they can see where it goes.
“And we’ll continue to keep up the strength, and keep up the activity and make sure that we stop them,” Haley added.
Haley was echoing national security adviser H.R. McMaster, who on Saturday said the regime is a very real threat to the world.
“I think it’s impossible to overstate the danger associated with this,” McMaster told MSNBC’s Hugh Hewitt in an interview that aired Saturday.
“I think it’s impossible to overstate the danger associated with a rogue, brutal regime.”
The UN sanctions follow North Korea’s two recent tests of intercontinental ballistic missiles, the most recent of which took place last week. Analysts say those ICBMs could be capable of striking parts of the U.S.
The Trump administration sees North Korea’s nuclear program as a top national security threat to the U.S.
McMaster indicated this weekend that military action against the regime is an option.
“If they had nuclear weapons that can threaten the United States, it’s intolerable from the president’s perspective. Of course, we have to provide all options to do that, and that includes a military option,” he told MSNBC.
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