United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley did not hold back on Wednesday when she warned Kim Jong-un that if he tries to start a war with the United States, “the North Korean regime will be utterly destroyed.”
Haley’s statement was in response to the ballistic missile launch into the Sea of Japan that North Korea performed earlier this week.
Haley told the U.N. security council, "We have never sought war with North Korea, and still today we do not seek it. If war does come, it will be because of continued acts of aggression like we witnessed yesterday."
She added, "And if war comes, make no mistake, the North Korean regime will be utterly destroyed. The nations of the world have it within their power to further isolate, diminish and, God willing, reverse the dangerous course of the North Korean regime."
Earlier she explained, "We have some options: First, we should continue to treat North Korea as the international pariah it has become by taking its U.N. rights and privileges away, including voting power. We know the main driver of its nuclear production is oil. Through sanctions, we have cut off 90% of North Korea's trade, and 30% of its oil. But the crude oil remains. The major supplier of that oil is China. In 2003, China cut off access to the oil, and soon after North Korea came to the table. We need China to do more.”
Haley said, "President Trump called Chinese President Xi this morning, and told him we had arrived at the point where China must cut off the oil from North Korea. That would be a pivotal step in the world's effort to stop this international pariah.”
She added, "China must show leadership and follow through. China can do this on its own, or we can take the oil situation into our own hands.”
She emphasized, "The dictator of North Korea made a choice today that brings the world closer to war. Not farther from it. We have never sought war with North Korea and still today, we do not seek it. If war does come, it will because of continued acts of aggression like we witnessed yesterday.”
Watch the remarks below: