Nikki Haley, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, just told the U.N. Security Council that North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un is “begging for war.” The rogue leader’s nuclear test that Pyongyang maintains is their first fusion device is by far the most powerful weapon that it has exploded so far.
“Enough is enough. War is never something the United States wants. We don’t want it now. But our country’s patience is not unlimited,” Haley told the 15-member U.N. Security Council in New York.
Haley also said that the previous plan of imposing incremental sanctions on North Korea by the Security Council has failed to stop Pyongyang’s effort toward obtaining dangerous weapons of mass destruction. Haley said that Kim seems to be “begging for war.”
“Despite our efforts the North Korea nuclear program is more advanced and more dangerous than ever,” she said. “We must adopt the strongest possible measures,” Haley said.
The United States is probably going to draft a resolution with new sanctions against North Korea for a vote by the Security Council next Monday.
Elise Hu from NPR reported on Sunday from Seoul that Pyongyang claimed to have successfully tested a hydrogen bomb. They also said that they had coupled the new weapon with one of its long-range intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM).
The U.S. Geological Survey seems to have confirmed the tested bomb. They detected a 6.3-magnitude “possible explosion” near Sunggjibaegam, North Korea on Sunday afternoon. It was “located near the sites where North Korea has detonated nuclear [devices] in the past.”
Defense Secretary James Mattis declared that President Trump wanted to be briefed on the “many” possible military options available to respond.
“We made clear that we have the ability to defend ourselves and our allies, South Korea and Japan from any attack and our commitments among the allies are ironclad,” Mattis said. “Any threat to the United States and its territories including Guam or our allies will be met with a massive military response — a response both effective and overwhelming.”
NPR’s Geoff Brumfiel reports that the previous nuclear tests from North Korea had been in the tens of kilotons range, but this test may have been in the hundreds of kiloton range. South Korea is saying that they have indications that the North is preparing more missile launches that may include a new test of its ICBM, the Hwasong-14.
The U.N. Council’s new sanctions are already being supported by German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron. They both “expressed their support for a tightening of EU sanctions against North Korea.”
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