Ambassador Haley Delivers Remarks at the Adoption of a U.S.-Drafted UN Security Council Resolution Strengthening Sanctions on North Korea

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United States Mission to the United Nations
Office of Press and Public Diplomacy
For Immediate Release
September 11, 2017


Ambassador Nikki Haley, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, delivered remarks following the unanimous adoption of UN Security Council Resolution 2375 on North Korea. The U.S.-drafted resolution includes the strongest sanctions ever imposed on North Korea, with measures targeting its last remaining major exports and reducing about 30 percent of oil provided to North Korea.

“Today, we are saying the world will never accept a nuclear-armed North Korea. And today, the Security Council is saying that if the North Korean regime does not halt its nuclear program, we will act to stop it ourselves.”

“We are done trying to prod the regime to do the right thing. We are now acting to stop it from having the ability to continue doing the wrong thing. We are doing that by hitting North Korea’s ability to fuel and fund its weapons program. Oil is the lifeblood of North Korea’s effort to build and deliver a nuclear weapon. Today’s resolution reduces almost 30 percent of oil provided to North Korea by cutting off over 55 percent of its gas, diesel, and heavy fuel oil. Further, today’s resolution completely bans natural gas and other oil byproducts that could be used as substitutes for the reduced petroleum. This will cut deep.”

“These are by far the strongest measures ever imposed on North Korea. They give us a much better chance to halt the regime’s ability to fuel and finance its nuclear and missile programs. But we all know these steps only work if all nations implement them completely and aggressively.”

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