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.
— Nikki Haley (@nikkihaley) August 5, 2017
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.
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.
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.”
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.