Nikki Haley to UN on North Korea: 'Enough is enough'

America's ambassador to the United Nations told the Security Council today that its incremental approach toward getting North Korea to stop its nuclear program has failed.
3:10 | 09/04/17

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Despite our efforts over the past 24 years the North Korean nuclear program is more advanced and more dangerous than ever. They now fire missiles over Japanese airspace. They now have ICB and capabilities. They now claim to have tested a hydrogen on. And just this morning there are reports that the regime is preparing for yet another ICBM launch. To the members of the Security Council I must say and now is enough. We have taken an incremental approach and despite the best of intentions it has not worked. Members of this council will no doubt urge negotiations. And a return to talks. But as I've just outlined. We have engaged in numerous direct and multilateral talks with the North Korean regime. And time after time they have not worked. The time for half measures in the Security Council is over. The time has come to exhaust all of our diplomatic. Means before it's too late. We must now adopt the strongest. Possible measures. Kim Jong men's action. Cannot be seen as defensive. He wants to be acknowledged as a nuclear power. But being a nuclear power is not about using those terrible weapons to threaten others. Nuclear powers understand their responsibilities. Kim Jong earned shows no such understanding. His abusive use of missiles and his nuclear threats show that he is begging for war. Or is never something the United States want. We don't want it now to our country's patients is not unlimited. We will defend our allies and our territory. The idea that some have suggested a so called freeze for freeze is insulting. When a rogue regime has a nuclear weapons and an ICBM. Point 88 U. You do not take steps to lower your guard. No one would do. We certainly won't. The time has come to exhaust all diplomatic means to end this crisis. And that means quickly enacting the strongest possible measures here in the UN Security Council. Only the strongest sanctions will enable us to resolve this problem through diplomacy. We've kicked the can down the road long enough there is no more road left. This crisis goes well beyond the UN the United States will look at every country that does business with North Korea as a country and the United States will look at every country that does business with North Korea as a country that is giving aid to their reckless and dangerous nuclear intentions. And what we do on North Korea we'll have a real impact on how other outlaw nation to seek nuclear weapons she is to conduct themselves in the future. The stakes could not be higher than urgency is now 24 years of half measures and failed talks is enough.

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