North Korea is “begging for war,” and the United Nations must exhaust all diplomatic means to halt the expansion of the North’s nuclear program before it’s too late, U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley told an emergency meeting of the Security Council on Monday.
“Enough is enough,” Haley said, one day after North Korea’s sixth and by far most powerful nuclear test. “We have kicked the can down the road long enough. There is no more road left.”
Haley said the U.S. would be circulating a proposal for new, tougher sanctions, and she dismissed “freeze for freeze” proposals from China and Russia. Those nations are calling for North Korea to halt nuclear development in exchange for a halt in U.S.-South Korean joint military exercises and removal of a U.S. anti-missile system from the peninsula.
Haley also sounded a recurring theme from the Trump administration that China must use its sway with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to halt his nuclear program. About 90% of North Korea’s foreign trade is conducted with China.
“The United States will look at every country that does business with North Korea as a country that is giving aid to … reckless and dangerous nuclear ambitions,” Haley said.