US ambassador to United Nations Nikki Haley has warned on Wednesday that the United States was ready to use force to stop North Korea if needed. After North Korea has tested a ballistic missile that could hit Alaska, US wants global diplomatic action against North Korea.
“The international community can cut off the major sources of hard currency to the North Korean regime. We can restrict the flow of oil to their military and their weapons programs. We can increase air and maritime restrictions. We can hold senior regime officials accountable.”
Haley said, “One of our capabilities lies with our considerable military forces. We will use them if we must, but we prefer not to have to go in that direction.” Urging China to do more to stop North Korea, she said, “Much of the burden of enforcing U.N. sanctions rests with China.”
Haley regrets that Pyongyang’s actions were “quickly closing off the possibility of a diplomatic solution.” To curtail North Korea’s military exercises “The international community can cut off the major sources of hard currency to the North Korean regime. We can restrict the flow of oil to their military and their weapons programs. We can increase air and maritime restrictions. We can hold senior regime officials accountable,” Haley said.
“Much of the burden of enforcing U.N. sanctions rests with China.”
Haley cautioned of more sanctions on the North Korean regime and in case China and Russia refuses to cooperate, US could act alone. Haley said if Russia and China fails to support the move “we will go our own path.”
Haley further cautioned China on its business with North Korea. Haley said that United States could use its “great capabilities in the area of trade” to address “those who threaten us and those who supply the threats.”
Nikki Haley said the launch of an ICBM “is a clear and sharp military escalation,” but the US prefers not to engage in conflict. “In fact we seek to avoid it,” said Nikki Haley.
China’s ambassador to UN Liu Jieyi has also criticized Pyongyang’s move. He said that the missile launch was a “flagrant violation” of U.N. resolutions and “unacceptable.” Urging for dialogues to deescalate the tension Mr. Liu said “We call on all the parties concerned to exercise restraint, avoid provocative actions and belligerent rhetoric, demonstrate the will for unconditional dialogue and work actively together to defuse the tension.”
Mattis underscored the United States ”ironclad commitment” to defending Japan.
U.S. defense Secretary James Mattis spoke with his Japanese counterpart given the Pyongyang’s recent ballistic missile test. Mattis underscored the United States ”ironclad commitment” to defending Japan. Pentagon’s spokeswoman Dana White said in a statement said “Secretary Mattis and Minister Inada affirmed that the United States and Japan would continue to coordinate closely, including with the Republic of Korea, to strengthen deterrence and defense cooperation to maintain peace and security in Northeast Asia.”