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Haley: NKorea Sanctions a 'Strong Message,' Not a Solution

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By    |   Tuesday, 08 Aug 2017 08:09 AM

A set of new strict sanctions from the United Nations Security Council won't stop the United States' problems with North Korea, but they'll send a strong message, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said Tuesday, days after the council passed the measures with a unanimous vote.

"We don't know that it's going to work this time," the former South Carolina governor told NBC's "Today" show. "It was a strong day for the United States. It was a strong day for the United Nations. You had the entire international community tell Kim [Jong-un] to stop."

Other resolutions against North Korea have not worked, and while getting China and Russia onboard to vote for the measure is being considered a diplomatic feat, they also will need to be held accountable to enforce the sanctions.

"We will be watching to see who is enforcing," Haley said. "More importantly than that, [China] stepped up and said, they're not only going to vote for this, they announced they're going to enforce it and urged other countries to enforce. The missile launch took place right next to their border. Their ground shook. The Chinese people felt it. They know this is serious."

She acknowledged that Kim may not negotiate, despite the sanctions, because he's finally gotten missiles with the potential of reaching the United States mainland.

"I think what we did was, we sent a message," Haley said. "Now we have gone directly after their hard currency. Think about it. All of the revenue that comes into North Korea, it doesn't go to feeding their people. It goes to a ballistic missile program. They will no longer have the money to do that."

Meanwhile, Haley said she knows President Donald Trump is prepared to protect the American people, responding to comments made by Sen. Lindsey Graham, who last week told the program war with North Korea may be "inevitable" unless North Korea changes its aggressions. 

"All of the balls lie in Kim's court," said Haley. "He has to decide, how far do you want to take this rhetoric?"

Trump, though, has not said war may be inevitable, but instead that "all options are on the table," said Haley, "and the discussions we had, we'll do whatever it takes to counter North Korea."

Haley later told Fox News' "Fox & Friends" that the sanctions included one of the primary banks that deals with North Korea, and also targeted coal, lead, iron, and seafood.

"Then we went a step further, with no new laborers leaving North Korea," she said. "No joint ventures."

"He is going to watch his hard currency go way down," said Haley. "If he chooses to do something more dangerous, the United States will respond accordingly. I think the international community will respond accordingly."

She does believe that Russia wanted to delay the sanctions initially, even though China ended up stepping up after "heavy negotiations."

Haley also on Tuesday said she has "no reason" to comment on a story on Fox News' website's front page, which was retweeted by Trump, about anti-ship cruise missiles being loaded onto a patrol boat.

"I can't talk about anything that's classified," said Haley. "If that's in the newspaper, that's a shame. I will tell you it's incredibly dangerous when things get out into the press like that. You are not only just getting a scoop on something, you are playing with people's lives. And this has got to stop. Whatever the leaks are coming from, if somebody thinks they are getting power or fame from it, all you are doing is putting Americans in danger."

The story was not referenced to a newspaper, however, but came from an anonymous source speaking with Fox News.

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