U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley warned again Sunday that North Korea will be “utterly destroyed” if it threatens the U.S. or America’s allies.
In response to the rogue regime’s test of a new intercontinental ballistic missile that theoretically puts all of the continental U.S. within striking distance, Haley stressed late last month that the North will be obliterated if war breaks out.
“We have never sought war with North Korea and still today we do not seek it,” she said at the end of November. “If war does come, it will be because of continued acts of aggression like we witnessed, and if war comes, make no mistake, the North Korean regime will be utterly destroyed.” Her words reflected those of President Donald Trump, who said at the U.N. that the U.S. will “totally destroy” North Korea should it act against the U.S. or its allies.
Speaking to “Fox News Sunday” host Chris Wallace, Haley doubled down on her previous statements.
“Just the other day you said if there’s war, that North Korea, the regime there will be utterly destroyed,” Wallace said, asking, “Why such tough talk?”
“It’s the truth,” Haley replied. “I mean the reality is if North Korea even attempts to try and threaten the United States or any one of our allies, they will be utterly destroyed.”
“Diplomacy is great in some respects,” she further stated. “But you have to also be honest and this was something that North Korea needed to hear and the international community needed to hear. North Korea has pushed the envelope to an extreme level. The United States isn’t going to put up with it and the international community has also rallied around saying North Korea has to denuclearize.”
“But that’s just the honest facts,” Haley concluded. “If North Korea attempts to threaten or do anything to destabilize us or our allies, we absolutely will utterly destroy them.”
It is noteworthy that the ambassador’s rhetoric has shifted from “if war comes” to “if North Korea even attempts to try and threaten.” It is unclear if whether or not the administration is relaxing the requirements for the use of military force or simply trying to send a strong message to Pyongyang.
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