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Nikki Haley on New Sanctions: 'Gut Punch' to NKorea

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By    |   Saturday, 05 Aug 2017 06:01 PM

United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley said Saturday that tough sanctions approved by the Security Council against North Korea delivered a "gut punch" and that future military action was "up to" Pyongyang over its recent missile tests.

"They now have a decision to make," Haley, the former Republican governor of South Carolina, told Ana Cabrera on CNN. "This was a gut punch to North Korea.

"They can either take heed and say: 'OK, let's stop. Let's start being responsible and let's take another avenue.'

"Or, they can continue as they're doing — and international community will be forced to respond."

The Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution drafted by the U.S. that slapped sanctions on Pyongyang that included an export ban that seeks to cut as much as $1 billion in annual revenue.

The measures were the first of that scope to be imposed on North Korea since President Donald Trump took office and highlighted China's willingness to punish its Asian ally.

The resolution bans all exports of coal, iron and iron ore, lead and lead ore, as well as fish and seafood by the cash-starved state — stripping North Korea of a third of its export earnings estimated at $3 billion per year.

"We should not fool ourselves into thinking we have solved the problem," Haley told the council before the vote. "Not even close.

"The North Korean threat has not left us. It is rapidly growing more dangerous.

"Further action is required," she added. "The United States is taking and will continue to take prudent defensive measures to protect ourselves and our allies."

Haley noted that Washington would continue annual joint military exercises with South Korea.

Pyongyang has accused the United States and South Korea of escalating tensions by conducting military drills.

North Korea has been under U.N. sanctions since 2006 over its ballistic missile and nuclear programs — and Saturday's vote was a response to five nuclear weapons tests and four long-range missile launches so far this year.

Haley told Cabrera the sanctions marked "a new day at the U.N.

"This was a day of action.

"We stopped all the talk — and this is the day that we said to North Korea that they have to stop their irresponsible actions," she said.

"We're going to make sure that the North Korea understands what we're talking about. This is the strongest sanctions resolution in a generation.

"We spoke with one voice," Haley said, adding that dictator Kim Jong Un was now "on an island."

She noted that Russia, China, Japan and South Korea backed the measures.

"This is pretty impactful," Haley told Cabrera.

"This was a strong day for the U.N. — and it was a strong day for the United States.

"It was not a good day for North Korea."

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United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley said Saturday that tough sanctions approved by the Security Council against North Korea delivered a "gut punch" and that future military action was "up to" Pyongyang over its recent missile tests."They now have a decision to make,"...
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