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The United States Ambassador to the United Nation has slammed Russia and China for their opposition to a new Security Council resolution that imposes greater economic sanctions and sharp military escalation on North Korea.
Ambassador Nikki Haley called North Korea's intercontinental ballistic missile launch (ICBM) test a "clear and sharp military escalation" and said military action remains on the table.
Addressing the UN Security Council on North Korea, the US Ambassador said, “The US is prepared to use the full range of our capabilities to defend ourselves and our allies...One of our capabilities lies with our considerable military forces. We will use them if we must, but we prefer not to have to go in that direction.”
She also warned the countries supporting and encouraging trade with the isolated nation saying, “There are countries that are allowing, even encouraging, trade with North Korea in violation of UN Security Council resolutions. Such countries would also like to continue their trade arrangements with the US. That's not going to happen.”
She also added, “Much of the burden of enforcing UN sanctions rests with China. We will work with China ... but we will not repeat the inadequate approaches of the past that have brought us to this dark day.”
Meanwhile, Chinese Ambassador to the UN Liu Jieyi criticized North Korea for testing a ballistic missile while also criticizing the US and South Korea for deploying the Terminal High Altitude Area Defence (THAAD) missile system (THAAD) in Seoul area. Liu said. “The THAAD deployment seriously undermines the strategic security interests of China and was not conducive to denuclearising the Korean Peninsula.”
The UN Security Council meeting came in response to North Korea's recent ballistic missile test on Tuesday, which US officials assess as a new kind of missile that had a range of about 5,500 km, capable of hitting Alaska.
Nikki Haley, an Indian-American, is the 29th and current United States Ambassador to the United Nations. She has also served as the 116th Governor of South Carolina.