Less than a day after North Korea threatened that the United States would pay “thousands of times” for spearheading international sanctions levied against it, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley told Fox News that America is not going to be bullied or threatened by the rogue nation.
“It was a gut-punch to North Korea,” she told a Fox analyst, referring to the sanctions that the U.N. Security Council voted in on Saturday, “to let them know the international community is tired of it and we’re going to start fighting back.”
Haley explained that North Korea isn’t using the money they’re receiving from foreign countries anyway—almost ninety percent comes from China, in her estimation—on food to help their starving population, but in bolstering up their military.
“Every dollar of revenue that the North Korean government gets, they’re not feeding their people with it,” she said. “They’re using it toward a nuclear weapons system. Going after these sanctions is going after their ability to build these missiles.”
The U.N. Security Council voted unanimously on Saturday to begin punishing North Korea with a series of sweeping sanctions that could cost the dictatorial government about $1 billion of its $3 billion annual export income, according to Fox News.
Analysts describe this set of sanctions as the harshest since North Korea’s first nuclear experiment in 2006, and is payback for the country’s testing of two intercontinental ballistic missiles last month. Those tests demonstrated North Korea’s capacity to strike the U.S. mainland, or any one of its Asian allies, with an intercontinental ballistic missile.
The U.N. vote was a major victory for Haley, who had to convince both China and Russia to join the United States in voting for the sanctions. In speaking with Fox News, Haley expressed confidence that China will uphold its obligations to ensure that the sanctions decree is upheld.
“Ninety percent of the trade that North Korea has is with China. So that’s why they were so important to the resolution,” she said. “China stepped up and said, we will follow through on these sanctions. And they encouraged the international community to follow it. When that missile test took off, they felt it in China. And they’re disturbed enough to say that they now have to do their part.”
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