North Korea 'Basically Slapped Everyone in the Face' With Nuke Test, Haley Says

The government of North Korea "basically slapped everyone in the face in the international community" with it's latest nuclear test, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said today.

"To the members of the Security Council, I must say, 'enough is enough.'," Haley said. "We have taken an incremental approach, and despite the best of intentions, it has not worked. Members of this Council will no doubt urge negotiations and a return to talks. But as I have just outlined, we have engaged in numerous direct and multilateral talks with the North Korean regime, and time after time, they have not worked. The time for half measures in the Security Council is over. The time has come to exhaust all of our diplomatic means, before it’s too late. We must now adopt the strongest possible measures.

"We have kicked the can down the road long enough. There is no more road left," she said.

Haley said the U.S. will circulate a resolution it hopes the U.N. will negotiate and then adopt by Monday.

Over the weekend North Korea conducted its sixth and largest nuclear test, which the nation claimed was a hydrogen bomb.

"North Korea has conducted a major Nuclear Test. Their words and actions continue to be very hostile and dangerous to the United States," President Donald Trump tweeted Sunday. "North Korea is a rogue nation which has become a great threat and embarrassment to China, which is trying to help but with little success." 

Standing in front of the White House Sunday, Defense Secretary Gen. James Mattis (ret.) told reporters, "Our commitments among the allies are ironclad. Any threat to the United States or its territories, including [the U.S. territory of] Guam or our allies, will be met with a massive military response, a response both effective and overwhelming."

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