U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said during an event at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) on Tuesday that sanctions will not necessarily work in changing North Korea’s current course.
Haley, during an AEI event titled “Considerations on US policy toward Iran”, said however that sanctions would restrict funds from the regime that could be used in its illicit nuclear and ballistic missile programs.
“Look do we think more sanctions are going to work on North Korea? Not necessarily. But what does it do? It cuts off the revenue that allows them to build ballistic missiles,” she added.
On Sunday, North Korea conducted its sixth nuclear test and declared that it had successfully tested a hydrogen bomb capable of being deployed on an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM).
In response, the UNSC met in an emergency session where Haley called for the “strongest possible measures” to be implemented against North Korea.
At the end of the meeting, during her second opportunity to speak, Haley announced to the council that the U.S. would be introducing a new resolution against the DPRK and is hoping to have negotiations concluded by September 11.
While multiple UN member states, including South Korea, Japan and the UK have spoken in favor of a new resolution against North Korea – Russia has already voiced its skepticism regarding further sanctions.
Following Monday’s emergency meeting, Russia’s Ambassador to the UN – Vasily Nebenzya – said “sanctions alone, whatever bans are introduced, will not help to solve the issue.”
This was echoed by President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday who said “the use of sanctions in this situation is useless and inefficient.”
“They’ll eat grass, but they (North Korea) won’t abandon their program unless they feel secure,” Russian state news agency TASS also reported the Russian President as having said.
North Korean Ambassador to the UN – Han Tae Song – also responded to the developments in recent days, commenting specifically on sanctions.
“My delegation would also like to take this opportunity to once again reject categorically the sanctions resolutions adopted by the UN Security Council,” he said at the Conference on Disarmament in Geneva on Tuesday.
“Pressure or sanctions will never work on my country,” he added.
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