Haley: US prepared to use military forces against North Korea

During the emergency UN Security Council meeting that was held yesterday, US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley warned North Korea that America is prepared to use all of its capabilities in order to defend itself and its allies. The deputy Russian ambassador responded to Haley’s remarks, saying that the military option should be taken off the table.

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A day after North Korea tested an intercontinental ballistic missile capable of reaching Alaska, the US threatened the regime in Pyongyang. During Wednesday’s emergency UN Security Council meeting regarding the missile test, US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley said that North Korea is “quickly closing off the possibility of a diplomatic solution." She added: “The US is prepared to use the full range of our capabilities to defend ourselves and our allies.”

“One of our capabilities lies with our considerable military forces,” Haley continued. “We will use them if we must, but we prefer not to have to go in that direction.” The US ambassador added that her country will recommend within the next few days that the UN impose additional sanctions on Pyongyang. Some of the sanctions will most likely be directed at countries that have trade relations with the isolated dictatorship.

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Deputy Russian Ambassador to the UN Vladimir Safronkov responded to Haley’s statements, saying that the military option against North Korea should be taken off the table. “We are trying to renew the dialogue in order to resolve the crisis,” he said. “The possibility of implementing a military operation in order to resolve the crisis with North Korea should be removed from the table. We are stressing our support for the idea of renewing the talks between the North and the South.”  

On Wednesday, a Pentagon official described the latest missile tested by North Korea as “not one we’ve seen before.” The official confirmed that the missile was fired from a mobile launch pad and was a threat to the vessels along Japan’s coast and the satellites in the region’s airspace. The Pentagon statement came just a few hours after Pyongyang released footage of the launch. The video shows the successful ICBM test from various points of view.

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