“The United States will be circulating a resolution that we want to negotiate this week and vote on Monday,” Haley told an emergency meeting of the Security Council, after urging the body to impose the “strongest possible measures” against North Korea.
“Only the strongest sanctions will enable us to resolve this problem through diplomacy,” US Ambassador Nikki Haley told the session.
Haley rejected as “insulting” a Chinese proposal for a freeze on North Korea’s nuclear and missile programs in exchange for a suspension of US-South Korean annual military drills.
“When a rogue regime has a nuclear weapon and an ICBM pointed at you, you do not take steps to lower your guard. No one would do that. We certainly won’t,” she declared.
China insisted at the session that diplomatic talks must ensure to address the crisis and warned at the UN Security Council that it will not allow chaos and war on the Korean peninsula.
“The situation on the peninsula is deteriorating constantly as we speak, falling into a vicious circle,” said Chinese Ambassador Liu Jieyi.
“The peninsula issue must be resolved peacefully. China will never allow chaos and war on the peninsula.”
His appeal was echoed by Russia, which said that diplomatic negotiations were the only way to settle the crisis over North Korea’s nuclear and missile programs.
Russian Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia said there was “an urgent need to maintain a cool head and refrain from any action that could further escalate tensions.”
Russia backs China’s proposal for a freeze on North Korea’s nuclear and missile tests in exchange for a suspension of US-South Korea military drills.
The United States, Britain, France, Japan and South Korea requested the urgent meeting after North Korea detonated what it described as a hydrogen bomb designed for a long-range missile.
South Korea’s defense ministry warned Monday that Pyongyang may be preparing another missile launch after two tests in July of intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) that apparently brought the US mainland into range.
Haley declared that the “time for half measures is over,” suggesting the council must significantly ratchet up the pressure with biting sanctions to be decided in a new resolution.
The US ambassador did not spell out what measures Washington would support, but diplomats have indicated that an oil embargo would have a crippling effect on the North Korean economy.
Japan, France and Britain called for the swift adoption of a new sanctions resolution, but the call was expected to face opposition from Russia and China which maintain that sanctions alone will not resolve the crisis.
The council has imposed seven sets of sanctions on North Korea since it first tested a nuclear device in 2006, but Pyongyang has repeatedly found ways to circumvent the measures.
The most recent resolutions, however, have significantly toughened the sanctions, targeting key exports sectors such as coal that are a source of hard currency for North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un’s regime. – source
Only our Lord knows how this conflict will end. We must pray daily for Israel and for America; but we also much pray for the countries which Kim Jung Un may target. Pray for God’s will – the is always the best and safest prayer. When we are weakened by the evil of this world, we should read God’s word and pray for His will.
Pray for the unsaved, that God would draw them and open their eyes. Pray that they would see their sinfulness, and God’s Righteousness.
I YEARN for His return for us. I pray that we are Raptured soon. I look for Him every day because the Rapture is imminent.
He wants His own to yearn for Him. Do not hold on to the things of this world.
DO NOT LOOK BACK.