Haley tweets North Korea is an international problem, 'done talking'

Nikki Haley, U.S. ambassador to the U.N., during a Senate Foreign Relations Committee confirmation hearing in Washington on Jan. 18, 2017.


By NOAH FEIT | The State (Columbia, S.C.) (Tribune News Service) | Published: July 30, 2017

Nikki Haley, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations and former S.C. governor, is “done talking” about North Korea.

Haley vented her frustration with the international community on Twitter as North Korea continues to display its weapons arsenal. On Friday, North Korea launched a second test of an intercontinental ballistic missile.

Haley’s Sunday tweet took China, Japan and South Korea to task as the U.S. seeks international support in stifling North Korea.

“Done talking about NKorea.China is aware they must act.Japan & SKorea must inc pressure.Not only a US problem.It will req an intl solution.”

Haley later released a statement echoing those sentiments.

“There is no point in having an emergency session if it produces nothing of consequence,” Haley said. “An additional Security Council resolution that does not significantly increase the international pressure on North Korea is of no value. In fact, it is worse than nothing, but it sends the message to the North Korean dictator that the international community is unwilling to seriously challenge him.

“The time for talk is over.”

Earlier Sunday, the U.S. took some action. Two U.S. Air Force bombers flew over the Korean Peninsula during a 10-hour mission, in response to North Korea’s recent intercontinental ballistic missile launches, U.S. Pacific Air Forces said.

The B-1B bombers joined with fighter jets from Japan and South Korea for the mission, the Pacific Air Forces said in a statement.

The action was a “direct response” to North Korea’s ICBM launches on Friday and on July 3, the statement said.

“Diplomacy remains the lead; however, we have a responsibility to our allies and our nation to showcase our unwavering commitment while planning for the worst-case scenario,” Pacific Air Forces commander Terrence O’Shaughnessy said in the statement.

After Friday’s missile launch, President Donald Trump raged at China on Twitter, telling it to crack down on Kim Jong Un.

“I am very disappointed in China. Our foolish past leaders have allowed them to make hundreds of billions of dollars a year in trade, yet......they do NOTHING for us with North Korea, just talk. We will no longer allow this to continue. China could easily solve this problem!” Trump wrote in two tweets.

According to China’s Ambassador to the U.N. Liu Jieyu, the U.S. and China are working on a new resolution against North Korea. China and North Korea are longtime allies, but Liu said they want to “get back to talks and de-escalate tension.”

Haley is currently the president of the Security Council, a job that rotates monthly between the five permanent members of the council; the U.S., Britain, China, France and Russia.

Haley has been one of the Trump administration’s most vocal members, taking a tough line on Russia and Syria and telling North Korea not to give the U.S. “a reason” to fight.

Haley, a Republican from Lexington, served as South Carolina’s governor for six years before resigning to join the Trump Administration.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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