Nikki Haley: New UN Sanctions a 'Gut Punch' to North Korea

August 8, 2017

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley told Fox News host Dana Perino on Monday that the latest U.N. sanctions against North Korea are a "gut punch" to Pyongyang.

The U.N. Security Council on Saturday passed Resolution 2371 with a 15-0, unanimous vote, imposing new sanctions on North Korea for defying U.N. resolutions and continuing to test intercontinental ballistic missiles.

Perino congratulated Haley on the sanctions and said the 15-0 vote was hailed by both supporters and critics of the Trump administration. She then asked Haley to comment on a press report that North Korea may be loading anti-ship cruise missiles on a patrol boat—for the first time since 2014.

"I can't talk about classified information," Haley said. "What I can tell you is that we are on it. We are very aware of what's happening. We are going to continue to watch and see what happens."

"It was a strong day for the United States, it was a strong day for the United Nations, and it was a gut punch to North Korea to let them know the international community is tired of it," Haley said. "We're going to start fighting back."

Haley told Perino that she spoke to the Chinese ambassador and he told her that the Chinese felt the ground shake near their border after North Korea's missile test. Haley indicated the recent ICBM tests have made Beijing more willing to do their part regarding North Korea.