Haley: Kim Jong-un ‘begging for war’


U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley told her counterparts on Monday that Kim Jong-un was “begging for war.” She also urged her colleagues to adopt the toughest sanctions ever against North Korea’s rogue regime. But before doing so, the ambassador wished to remind the Council that Pyongyang had systematically flouted the United Nations’ resolutions over the past quarter century.

“For more than 20 years, the Security Council has taken actions against North Korea’s nuclear program. And for more than 20 years, North Korea has defied our collective voice,” she pointed out.

Haley then mentioned the U.N.’s efforts in 1993 to urge Pyongyang to stay as a state party to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and to allow weapons inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to enter the country.

“That didn’t work,” Haley said before adding that Pyongyang “withdrew from the treaty and continued its nuclear pursuit.”

In 2006, North Korea launched a number of ballistic missiles which were promptly condemned by the Council before the Kim Jong-il regime conducted its first-ever nuclear test which was also followed by a number of U.N. sanctions.

In 2009, North Korea tested more missiles and conducted its second nuclear test. The U.N. expanded its sanctions.

In 2012, Pyongyang launched a rocket to apparently place a communications satellite into orbit while a year later the rogue regime conducted its third nuclear test. U.N. sanctions were expanded once again.

In 2016, North Korea conducted its fourth nuclear test, another space launch as well as additional missile launches. U.N. Sanctions were further expanded.

More recently, sanctions were imposed upon top North Korean officials but in July Pyongyang still launched two Intercontinental Ballistic missiles (ICBMs). At the end of August, it launched a long-range missile over Japanese territory while a few days ago Pyongyang conducted its biggest-ever nuclear test.

“Despite our efforts over the last 24 years, the North Korean nuclear program is more advanced and more dangerous than ever,” she told the Council before adding “enough is enough.”

Just like President Trump and Treasury Secretary Steve Munchin did at the weekend, the U.N. ambassador also warned the countries with commercial ties with North Korea that Washington would consider punishing any nation seen as assisting the dictator’s nuclear ambitions.

Haley also rejected calls to implement a “freeze-for-freeze” policy which she described as “insulting.”

“When a rogue regime has a nuclear weapon and an ICBM pointed at you, you do not take steps to lower your guard. No one would do that. We certainly won’t” she insisted.

“The time for half measures in the Security Council is over” she told her counterparts before urging her colleagues once again to adopt the strongest possible measures against Pyongyang.