- The Washington Times - Thursday, November 30, 2017

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley just issued an oh-so-strong statement North Korea’s way, telling the defiant regime its latest missile launch was a war-like act — and if that’s the way Kim Jong Un wants to play it, fine by the United States.

But be prepared, she said. ‘Cause North Korea will be “utterly destroyed” if war ensues, Haley vowed.

Get ‘em, Haley. America’s cheering.

“The dictator of North Korea made a choice yesterday that brings the world closer to war,” she said, during an emergency meeting of the Security Council, which came after North Korea launched another missile, Breitbart noted. “We have never sought war with North Korea, and still today, we do not seek it. If war does come, it will be because of continued acts of aggression like we witnessed yesterday.”

And hold on — here’s the best part.

She said: “And if war comes, make no mistake, the North Korean regime will be utterly destroyed.”

Haley also called for countries to cut all ties with the regime, and sent a not-so-subtle message to those nations that refused: “The world knows who they are,” she said.

In other words: China.

Trump, in reference to China, tweeted Thursday: “The Chinese Envoy, who just returned from North Korea, seems to have had no impact on Little Rocket Man. Hard to believe his people, and the military, put up with living in such horrible conditions. Russia and China condemned the launch.”

Haley’s tough talk came on the heels of a more tepid statement from the State Department, about the powers and potential of continued negotiation with the Kim dictatorship.

At a press conference, post-launch, State’s Heather Nauert said: “[W]e have always been very clear that we would be open to talks with North Korea, but that North Korea … is not showing any serious signs of wanting to sit down and have conversations with the world, with the global community, about the peace and stability and denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula. … The United States, in partnership with Canada, will now convene a meeting … to discuss how the global community can counter North Korea’s threat to international peace.”

Yada, yada. We already know how the global community can shut down North Korea’s war-mongering activities. The global community can listen to Haley, and take notes.

America doesn’t want war. But certainly, Haley’s right — if America’s hands are forced into war, it’ll be North Korea, not the United States, that suffers most.

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