The day after the rest of the UN Security Council joined her in sanctioning North Korea over its missile program, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley told the nuclear-armed country that playtime is over.
“It is time for North Korea to realize, we are not playing anymore,” Haley told Fox News host Maria Bartiromo in a Sunday interview.
“They can either respond by pulling back and saying that they are not going to be a part of this reckless activity anymore or they can see where it goes,” Haley said.
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Haley was able to steer her fellow ambassadors to a unanimous resolution Saturday, sanctioning North Korea’s exports in response to its latest intercontinental ballistic missile test. Even North Korea-friendly governments in China and Russia voted for the sanctions.
The sanctions include a ban on coal and other exports worth more than $1 billion, or roughly a third of all North Korean exports. The package also limits North Korea’s ability to collect money from North Koreans working overseas.
Haley said it is now up to the North Korean government to decide how to respond.
“We kicked them in the stomach, told them to stop and told them we’re not going to put up with it anymore,” she said.
The success of the sanctions proposal earned Haley some praise from S.C. Democrat Bakari Sellers.
“Note, @nikkihaley is doing a great job,” the former state representative, now a CNN commentator, wrote on Twitter.
Haley responded, “You’re not doing so bad yourself. It is a SC thing.”