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Haley: US Will Not Trade With Countries That Trade With North Korea

The UN ambassador said that she has discussed measures against countries supporting Pyongyang with President Trump.

UN Ambassador Nikki Haley indicated that the United States may cut off trade to countries that trade with North Korea at an emergency United Nations Security Council meeting on Wednesday.

The comments came following North Korea’s successful test of an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) that could potentially hit Alaska.

Haley first discussed U.S. military capabilities and the Trump administration’s willingness to use them, but moved on to other means of international action.

In particular, she mentioned trade as a tool of U.S. international diplomacy, threatening countries that traded with Pyongyang:

We have other methods of addressing those who threaten us and of addressing those who supply the threats. We have great capabilities in the area of trade. President Trump has spoken repeatedly about this. I spoke with him at length about it this morning. There are countries that are allowing, even encouraging trade with North Korea in violation of UN Security Council resolutions. Such countries would also like to continue their trade arrangements with the United States. That’s not going to happen. Our attitude on trade changes when countries do not take international security threats seriously.

Haley said that the United States will introduce stronger sanctions on the DPRK to the Security Council in the upcoming weeks.

“If we are unified, the international community can cut off the major sources of hard currency to the North Korean regime. We can restrict the flow of oil to their military and their weapons programs,” she said.

Haley’s mention of trade seems to be a shot across the bow at China, who, as Haley later pointed out, constitutes 90 percent of North Korea’s trade.