United States Mission to the United Nations
Office of Press and Public Diplomacy
For Immediate Release
September 4, 2017
Ambassador Nikki Haley, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, delivered remarks at an emergency UN Security Council briefing on North Korea. Ambassador Haley and her counterparts from Japan, France, the United Kingdom, and the Republic of Korea requested the emergency meeting in response to North Korea’s latest nuclear test.
“To the members of the Security Council, I must say: enough is enough…The time has come to exhaust all diplomatic means to end this crisis, and that means quickly enacting the strongest possible measures here in the UN Security Council. Only the strongest sanctions will enable us to resolve this problem through diplomacy. We have kicked the can down the road long enough. There is no more road left.”
“The idea that some have suggested of a so-called freeze-for-freeze is insulting. When a rogue regime has a nuclear weapon and an ICBM pointed at you, you do not take steps to lower your guard. No one would do that. We certainly won’t.”
“This crisis goes well beyond the UN. The United States will look at every country that does business with North Korea as a country that is giving aid to their reckless and dangerous nuclear intentions. The stakes could not be higher. The urgency is now. Twenty-four years of half measures and failed talks is enough.”