Time for Talk Is Over in N.Korea Missile Crisis, U.S. Warns

  • By Cho Yi-jun

    August 01, 2017 09:27

    U.S. Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley on Sunday warned that "the time for talk is over" in dealing with North Korea's nuclear and missile programs.

    "The danger the North Korean regime poses to international peace is now clear to all," Haley said in a statement. She said more UN Security Council resolutions will be of no value unless they significantly increase international pressure on North Korea.

    "In fact, it is worse than nothing, because it sends the message to the North Korean dictator that the international community is unwilling to seriously challenge him," she added. "China must decide whether it is finally willing to take this vital step."

    The U.S. is preparing a secondary boycott of businesses and individuals in third countries that deal with North Korea as a means of persuading Beijing to take tougher steps against its renegade ally.

    U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson last week accused China and Russia of being "economic enablers" of North Korea's arms programs.

    Washington now wants to slap additional limits on crude oil supplies to the North through the UN Security Council and include North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's name on a list of sanctioned individuals.

    Key U.S. government officials have begun discussing the prospect of a regime change in the North. The New York Times reported that former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger told Tillerson that an agreement between Washington and Beijing about a post-Kim Jong-un scenario would be helpful in dealing with the crisis.

    The conservative Wall Street Journal in an editorial said regime change in North Korea would not require an invasion or immediate Korean reunification and added that a new North Korea strategy aiming to replace Kim Jong-un is needed.

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