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Nikki Haley On North Korea: ‘Something Serious Has To Happen’

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U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said Tuesday that “enough is enough” after North Korea’s latest ballistic missile provocation.

North Korea launched a ballistic missile over Japan, a key U.S. ally, early Tuesday morning. “They have violated every single UN Security Council resolution,” Haley said. “I think enough is enough,” she further remarked, using a common phrase which has used regularly for a number of persistent global problems.

“No country should have missiles flying over them like those 130 million people in Japan. It’s unacceptable,” she added. “I think something serious has to happen.” Haley also expressed a strong desire to see China and Russia do much more to rein in North Korea.

The UN Security Council will meet Tuesday afternoon to discuss its options. “We are going to talk about what else is left to do to North Korea,” Haley told reporters.

North Korea has been advancing its missile program at an accelerated rate as the U.S. and its allies significantly increase pressure but fail to curb North Korea’s ballistic and nuclear ambitions. North Korea has successfully tested short-, medium-, intermediate-, and long-range ballistic missiles. The intercontinental ballistic missile the North tested twice in July can deliver a nuclear payload to targets across the U.S., according to expert observers.

In the wake of North Korea’s second ICBM test, the U.S. pressed the UN Security Council to unanimously approve a new resolution imposing the most severe sanctions ever on North Korea. It is unclear how the Security Council will respond to North Korea’s latest provocation.

President Donald Trump said Tuesday morning that “all options are on the table” to address the North Korean threat.

Rhetoric of this nature has become common for the Trump administration, which has even gone so far as to threaten “fire and fury” like the world has never seen in response to North Korea’s threats, but North Korea remains unaffected.

“The DPRK will continue to strengthen its defensive capability with nuclear force, as long as U.S. … does not stop military drills on the doorstep of the DPRK,” North Korean ambassador to the U.N. Han Tae Song explained Tuesday, “U.S. pressure and provocative acts only justify the DPRK’s measure to strengthen its self-defense capabilities.

The North Korean nuclear threat is one that has puzzled presidents for decades, and the problem is now much more complicated, making a solution difficult to find.

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