America is getting impatient with Kim Jong Un and his North Korea
government for defying the world in testing missiles and building nuclear war heads.
The United States ambassador to United Nations cautioned on Wednesday it was ready
to use force if need be to stop North Korea’s nuclear missile programme.
But it said it preferred global diplomatic action against Pyongyang for defying
world powers by test launching a ballistic missile that could hit Alaska.
U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley told a meeting of the U.N.
Security Council that North Korea’s actions were
“quickly closing off the possibility of a diplomatic solution” and
the United States was prepared to defend itself and its allies.
“One of our capabilities lies with our considerable military forces.
We will use them if we must, but we prefer not to have to go in that direction,
” Haley said. She urged China, North Korea’s only major ally, to do more to rein in Pyongyang.
Taking a major step in its missile program, North Korea on Tuesday test launched
an intercontinental ballistic missile that some experts believe has the range to
reach the U.S. states of Alaska and Hawaii and perhaps the U.S. Pacific Northwest.
North Korea says the missile could carry a large nuclear warhead.
The missile test is a direct challenge to U.S. President Donald Trump, who has vowed
to prevent North Korea from being able to hit the United States with a nuclear missile.
He has been urging China to press the isolated country’s leadership to give up its nuclear program.
Haley said the United States would propose new U.N. sanctions on North Korea in coming days
and warned that Washington was prepared to cut off trade with countries doing business
with North Korea in violation of U.N. resolutions.
“Much of the burden of enforcing U.N. sanctions rests with China,” Haley said.
“We will work with China, we will work with any and every country that believes in peace.
But we will not repeat the
inadequate approaches of the past that have brought us to this dark day.”
Diplomats say Beijing has not been fully enforcing existing international sanctions on
its neighbor and has resisted tougher measures, such as an oil embargo,
bans on the North Korean airline and guest workers, and measures against
Chinese banks and other firms doing business with the North.
The United States might seek to take unilateral action and sanction more Chinese
companies that do business with North Korea, especially banks, U.S. officials have said.
China’s U.N. ambassador, Liu Jieyi, told the Security Council meeting that the missile
launch was a “flagrant violation” of U.N. resolutions and “unacceptable.”