Haley to North Korea: We're not playing anymore

U.S. Ambassador to the UN welcomes new sanctions on North Korea, says they send a message to Pyongyang.

Elad Benari,

Nikki Haley
Nikki Haley

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley on Sunday welcomed the UN Security Council’s decision to place new sanctions on North Korea, saying they send a message to Pyongyang that “we’re not playing anymore.”

Speaking to Fox News, Haley stressed that even after the tougher sanctions have passed, “all options” are still available, including a military one.

“The United States will respond based on North Korea’s actions. We hope that they don’t do anything further. We hope that they stop this reckless activity, we hope we don’t have to do anything, but all options have always been on the table and will continue to be on the table,” she said.

“A third of their trade exports have been hit and we gave them basically a kick in the gut with a billion dollars of sanctions that they’re going to start to feel right away,” Haley said of the sanctions.

“It’s going to be very strong and it’s time for North Korea to realize we’re not playing anymore,” she added.

The resolution, which was drafted by the U.S. and approved unanimously by the Security Council on Saturday, followed North Korea’s recent tests of an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) and efforts to develop a nuclear warhead.

The resolution imposes a ban on exports aimed at depriving Pyongyang of $1 billion in annual revenue.

It also imposes a full ban on exports of coal, iron and iron ore, lead and lead ore as well as fish and seafood by North Korea.

“The entire international community has to: One, make sure they follow through with these sanctions, but two, keep a united voice against North Korea and what they’re doing,” Haley told Fox News, adding that the new resolution is the “strongest resolution in a generation.”

The United States had been negotiating the proposed new measures with China, North Korea's main trading partner and ally, since Pyongyang launched its first intercontinental ballistic missile on July 4.

A second launch on July 28 further raised alarm about Pyongyang's drive to develop a missile capable of hitting the U.S. mainland.