“To the members of the Security Council, I must say, enough is enough,” U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley said at an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council that was called in response to North Korea’s sixth and strongest-ever nuclear test Sunday. “We have taken an incremental approach, and despite the best of intentions, it has not worked.”
“The time has come to exhaust all diplomatic means to end this crisis,” Haley said. “Only the strongest sanctions will enable us to solve this problem through diplomacy.”
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is “begging for war,” she said. “The stakes could not be higher. The urgency is now.”
The U.S. ambassador appeared to back up statements by Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin and President Donald Trump calling for sanctions against any countries that do business with North Korea.
“The United States will look at every country that does business with North Korea as a country that is giving aid to their reckless and dangerous nuclear intentions,” Haley said.
The Security Council emergency meeting was called at the request of the U.S., Japan, France, Britain and South Korea following North Korea’s test of what it claimed was a hydrogen bomb that could be secured to an intercontinental ballistic missile.
It was the second such meeting in less than a week about North Korea’s persistent tests of missiles and nuclear weapons.
South Korea meanwhile is warning today that its neighbor to the north is preparing to launch a ballistic missile.
South Korea’s primary intelligence agency, told one of the country’s lawmakers about the potential launch, according to Yonhap News Agency, a news agency based in South Korea.
A news reader for a North Korean state-run television announced the purported hydrogen bomb test early on Sunday, saying it was ordered directly by Kim Jong Un. The broadcaster called it a “complete success,”…