As United Nations Ambassador, Nikki Haley, calls for tougher sanctions on North Korea, Russian president Vladimir Putin points out the obvious: additional sanctions are useless.
Countless hours and dollars have been wasted discussing and implementing sanctions on the rogue regime operated under the tyrannical thumb of Kim Jong-Un. But previous sanctions continue to be deified by the North, making Putin’s claim that doing so again would prove pointless and an exercise in redundancy.
US ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, said that it was time for the Security Council to impose “the strongest possible measures” on North Korea over its sixth and largest nuclear test conducted on Sunday, because “enough is enough.” Haley appeared to back up statements by Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin and President Donald Trump calling for sanctions against any countries that do business with North Korea. “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,” she said.
“We have taken an incremental approach, and despite the best of intentions, it has not worked,” Haley said. “The time has come to exhaust all diplomatic means to end this crisis. Only the strongest sanctions will enable us to solve this problem through diplomacy.” Even Haley admits the sanctions haven’t yet worked, as North Korea continues to be defiant in the face of rules inked on paper. However, she seems so certain the more sanctions will work and is intent on begging for more.
This all comes as Russia’s president warns the United States that ramping up military measures could push the world into a global war. Putin said that sanctions are worthless, as North Koreans would “rather eat grass than give up their nuclear program.” Citing a “humanitarian aspect,” Putin said millions of people would suffer under tougher measures, adding, “Sanctions have been exhausted.”
Meanwhile, North Korea’s ambassador to the UN in Geneva, Han Tae-song, said his country’s recent “self-defense measures” were a “gift package addressed to the US.” He continued saying, “The US will receive more gift packages from my country as long as it relies on reckless provocations and futile attempts to put pressure on the DPRK (Democratic People’s Republic of Korea),” Reuters news agency quoted him as saying.
Putin is probably right on this one. If North Korea had any sort of obligation to follow UN sanctions and give up their nuclear program, they would have already done so.
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