U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley says that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is “begging for war” based on his nation’s recent actions.
“Enough is enough,” she said on Monday during an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council. “War is never something the United States wants. We don’t want it now.”
“But our country’s patience is not unlimited,” she added. “The time for half measures in the security council is over. The time has come to exhaust all of our diplomatic means before it is too late.”
“We must now adopt the strongest possible measures. Kim Jong Un’s action cannot be seen as defensive.”
Haley added that “there is no more road left” for handling North Korea’s pursuit of nuclear weapons with an “incremental approach.”
“We have kicked the can down the road long enough,” she said of Kim’s “abusive use of missiles.”
CNN reported Monday that South Korea’s military carried out a live-fire military exercise that day in response to North Korea’s latest nuclear test.
South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said in a statement that their nation’s army and air force cooperated on a drill meant to simulate a strike on North Korea’s nuclear test site.
The operation also included surface-to-surface ballistic missiles and F-15K fighter jets hitting targets off South Korea’s east coast.
North Korea said Sunday that it had successfully tested a miniaturized hydrogen bomb that would fit on an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM).
Kim ordered the test, North Korea’s state television reported, which it described as a “perfect success” and a “meaningful” step forward.
The reported operation would mark North Korea’s sixth nuclear test, and the first since President Trump’s inauguration in January.
Trump vowed last month that North Korea would face “fire and fury” if it dared threaten the U.S. or its allies with nuclear weapons or other arms.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.