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UN Ambassador Nikki Haley warns North Korea: ‘We’re not playing anymore’

(U.S. Department of State/Flickr)
August 07, 2017

The United Nations Security Council over the weekend voted unanimously to sanction North Korea where it hurts – on their export trade – and U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley said this means “we’re not playing anymore.”

“They’re going to get hit very, very hard,” Haley told Fox News over the weekend. “We gave them basically a kick in the gut with a billion dollars worth of sanctions that they’re going to start to feel right away. They’re [the sanctions] going to be very strong.”

The sanctions would cut North Korea’s export revenue by $1 billion, or about a third. The sanctions ban North Korea from exporting coal, iron, iron ore, lead, lead ore and seafood.

They were passed unanimously with a 15-0 vote by the U.N. Security Council, and this included support from North Korean allies China and Russia.

North Korea responded to the sanctions on Monday, with its state-run media agency saying the country vowed to attack the United States over the export sanctions.

The U.N. Security Council unanimously approved the sanctions over the weekend, and they are in response to Kim Jong Un’s two successful intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) in July.

Kim Jong Un has said his weapons are ready to attack “any place, any time.

The ICMB tests are “meant to send a grave warning to the U.S.,” and Kim Jong Un “proudly” said that the tests confirm “all the U.S. Mainland is within our striking range,” according to the KCNA.

North Korea has also said it will never stop testing its weapons or deter its efforts to expand its missile program.

President Donald Trump on Monday had a phone call with South Korean President Moon Jae-in, whom Trump said was “very happy and impressed with 15-0 United Nations vote on North Korea sanctions.”


North Korea had its first successful test of an ICBM early in July.

On the eve of July Fourth, North Korea successfully tested its first Hwasong-14 missile, and Kim Jong Un reportedly said there are more “gifts” for the “American bastards.”

Its most recent test was July 28. That  ICBM test landed in the Sea of Japan, but experts say it could have reached as far as New York City, based on how long it flew and distance travelled.

Sen. Lindsey Graham recently said that President Donald Trump says there will be war with North Korea over missiles, especially if North Korea continues to threaten to aim ICBMs at the U.S.

While North Korea continues to test missiles and expand its missile program, officials say the United States is ready to respond with greater force.