Despite the best efforts of the United Nations Security Council over the past 24 years, the North Korean nuclear program is more advanced and more dangerous than ever, warned the U.S. Ambassador Permanent Representative to the United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley. North Korea fires missiles over Japanese air space. They have ICBM capabilities, and now claim to have tested a hydrogen bomb.
“Enough is enough,” said Ambassador Haley. “We have taken an incremental approach, and despite the best of intentions, it has not worked.”
Each time the international community has engaged in direct and multilateral talks with the North Korean regime, it has failed to achieve the denuclearization of the rogue state.
“The time for half measures in the Security Council is over,” said Ambassador Haley. “The time has come to exhaust all of our diplomatic means, before it’s too late. We must now adopt the strongest possible measures,” she urged.
Kim Jong-Un’s “abusive use of missiles, and his nuclear threats show that he is begging for war,” said Ambassador Haley. But war, she stressed, “is never something the United States wants.” At the same time, the United States’ “patience is not unlimited”. “We will defend our allies and our territory,” she vowed.
Ambassador Haley urged fellow Security Council members “to exhaust all diplomatic means to end this crisis.”
“Only the strongest sanctions will enable us to resolve this problem through diplomacy,” she noted. “We have kicked the can down the road long enough. There is no more road left.”
The United States will look beyond the U.N at every country that does business with North Korea as a country that is giving aid to their reckless and dangerous nuclear intentions.
“The stakes could not be higher. The urgency is now,” said Ambassador Haley. “Twenty-four years of half measures and failed talks is enough.”