The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, called for a complete shutdown of all ties with North Korea by every nation on Wednesday, the strongest response yet from the Trump administration after the country’s latest missile test.
“Today we call on all nations to cut off all ties with North Korea,” Haley said during an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council. The Trump administration called for the session after the Pentagon announced that Pyongyang had conducted its first test of an intercontinental ballistic missile in over two months.
Haley further called for all countries to “sever diplomatic relations with North Korea and limit military, scientific technical and commercial cooperation.” The ambassador, who has repeatedly called for U.N. allies to take a tougher stance against the government of Kim Jong Un, said all nations should also seize all imports and exports with the country and expel North Korean workers.
The measures, if fully implemented, would completely isolate the Kim government, which has grown increasingly ostracized by the international community amid its continuing weapons tests in pursuit of developing a fully realized nuclear arsenal.
During her Security Council address, Haley issued a dire warning to North Korea that should its actions draw the U.S. into war, it would be “utterly destroyed.”
“We have never sought war with North Korea, and still today we do not seek it,” she said. “If war comes, make no mistake, the North Korean regime will be utterly destroyed.”
President Donald Trump vowed earlier Wednesday that his administration would impose “additional major sanctions.”
The president later derided Kim during a speech in Missouri, calling him “Lil’ Rocket Man” and “a sick puppy.”
In August, Trump threatened to bring “fire and fury” down on North Korea should it carry on with weapons testing.