Nikki Haley on Sunday rebuked North Korea after it launched another missile over the weekend.
U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley said, “It’s not just us against them anymore. Now you’re going to see the entire international community isolate North Korea and let them know that this is not acceptable.”
The intermediate-range ballistic missile traveled 430 miles, crashing into the sea between North Korea and Japan, press reports said.
The White House released a statement, saying:
With the missile impacting so close to Russian soil — in fact, closer to Russia than to Japan — the President cannot imagine that Russia is pleased.
North Korea has been a flagrant menace for far too long. South Korea and Japan have been watching this situation closely with us. The United States maintains our ironclad commitment to stand with our allies in the face of the serious threat posed by North Korea. Let this latest provocation serve as a call for all nations to implement far stronger sanctions against North Korea.
Haley, appearing on ABC’s “This Week,” was asked if there is anything the U.S. can do to stop the North Korean tests:
“Well, I think you first have to get into Kim Jong-un’s head, you know, which is, he’s in a state of paranoia. He’s incredibly concerned about anything and everything around him. I think this was a message to South Korea after the election.
“And so what we’re going to do is continue to tighten the screws. He feels it. He absolutely feels it. And we’re going to continue, whether it’s sanctions, whether it’s press statements, anything that we have to do…we’re going to do.
Haley noted that the U.S. is “working better” with China than it ever has. “We are determined to take care of South Korea, which is why we have our mission there, working and that, as well. And then we’re going to continue to take care of Japan.
“What we do know is the international community is concerned. It’s not just us against them anymore. Now you’re going to see the entire international community isolate North Korea and let them know that this is not acceptable.”
Haley said Russia also is “concerned,” especially since the missile hit relatively close to home. “And I think certainly what we’re going to start doing is rallying the troops again and say, OK, what do we need to do next?
“And listen, I mean there’s a lot of sanctions left that we can start to do, whether it’s with oil, whether it’s with energy, whether it’s with their maritime ships, exports, we can do a lot of different things that we haven’t done yet. So our options are there.
“But what we have to do is send a strong, unified message that this is unacceptable. And I think you’ll see the international community do that.”