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The Ambassador of the United States to the United Nations has warned that the ruling regime of North Korea would be “utterly destroyed” if the continued aggression of the country sparks a military conflict.
At a UN Security Council meeting that followed the latest launch of North Korea of an intercontinental ballistic missile, Nikki Haley said: “If war comes make no mistake: the North Korean regime will be utterly destroyed.”
Haley warned that the action “brings us closer to war.”
Haled added: “We have never sought war with North Korea, and still today we do not seek it. If war does come, it will be because of continued acts of aggression like we witnessed yesterday.”
Requesting the international community to deepen the isolation of the nuclear-armed state, Haley urged every country across the globe to “cut off all ties with North Korea,” including a total suspension of diplomatic relations. She advised other countries to dismiss North Korean labourers and to discover their diplomatic and scientific connections.
While the top American diplomat noted that various countries have discharged their ambassadors or discontinued diplomatic ties in reaction to the continued aggression of Pyongyang, Haley said that the third launch of North Korea of an intercontinental ballistic missile launch in the past months imposed a “critical choice for the rest of the world.”
“No one can doubt that this threat is growing,” stated Haley regarding a missile that flew higher than earlier tests before crashing into the sea that is near Japan and prompted North Korea to boast that it was now capable of hitting the mainland United States.
Haley said: “Yesterday the North Korean regime made a choice. It chose to feed its nuclear aggression and to thumb its nose at the world.”
While the United Nations has imposed various rounds of sanctions in an attempt to stymie the nuclear program of North Korea, the country has continued with its tests of even more sophisticated weapons, including intercontinental ballistic missiles and a potential hydrogen bomb. Haley followed other Security Council members in regarding that the nation was in “clear violation” of numerous sanctions.
Haley lauded the penalties imposed by the United Nations as the “most impactful sanctions that any country has experienced in a generation.” However, she warned that North Korea was preventing new restrictions with the help of other nations. She cited reports that the North Korean regime continued to smuggle coal into other countries of Asia, violating a ban on exports, and said that the nation was still “illegally obtaining refined petroleum.”
Haley warned: “There are countries that are continuing to fund the North Korean nuclear program.”
According to a White House readout, Donald Trump, the President of the United States encouraged a diplomatic solution to the belligerence of North Korea, saying on Twitter that he and Xi Jinping, the President of China, had talked about “additional major sanctions” in a call during which the US President “emphasized the need for China to use all available levers to convince North Korea to end its provocations.” Rex Tillerson, the Secretary of State, suggested that new sanctions could possibly target financial institutions.
While Trump and officials of the administration including Haley have declined to rule out a military strike on North Korea, China has renounced that option and said that only diplomacy could stop the crisis on the Korean peninsula. A military dispute on the Korean Peninsula would possibly bring armed conflict near the border of China.
The UN representative of China stressed that line after Haley spoke, urging “all parties involved to keep restraint” and encouraging “dialogue and negotiations” instead of “conflict and chaos.”
China has reprimanded both America and North Korea for intensifying tensions. After the latest launch, Trump continued a war of words that has seen him repeatedly mock North Korean leadership, calling Kim Jong-un, the North Korean leader a “sick puppy.”