North Korea Is "Begging For War": Haley Tells UN "The Time For Half-Measures Is Over"

Tyler Durden's picture

U.S. United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley is escalating the rhetoric from Trump's "we'll see" comment and aggressive tweets as she tells an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council, that "enough is enough" and that North Korea's leader, Kim Jong Un, is "begging for war" with his "abusive use of missiles."


Haley admonished the council, urging the "strongest possible" response...

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.”

Just last month, the 15-member Security Council unanimously adopted new sanctions to slash by a third Pyongyang's US$3 billion annual export revenue, which could be channeled to fund its nuclear and ballistic missile programs.

Some additional quotes from Haley include:

"We have taken an incremental approach, and despite the best intentions, it hasn't worked."


"War is never something the United States wants, we don't want it now, but our people's patience is not unlimited."


"We have kicked the can down the road long enough. There is no road left."

Finally, Haley warned,

"The United States will view every country that does business with North Korea" as aiding their nuclear ambitions."

Here are the countries that trade with North Korea, based on 2015 data from MIT's Observatory of Economic Complexity.

  • China is the biggest player, buying 83% of North Korean exports and selling 85% of the goods that North Korea imports. China is also the United States' largest trade partner. The countries traded $578 billion in goods last year.
  • India is second, accounting for 3.5% of exports and 3.1% of imports from North Korea.
  • All told, Asian countries buy 92% of North Korean exports and source 93% of North Korean imports
  • Russia is a European leader in North Korean trade, but accounts for less than 2% of imports and exports.
  • Over 100 additional countries trade with North Korea, including France, Mexico, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Brazil and Chile.
  • North Korea's exports increased 54% from $1.83 billion to $2.83 billion from 2010 to 2015.
  • Coal comprises a third of North Korean exports, and garments represent another third.

Additionally, in a veiled swipe at China, she also said it is "insulting" to propose a so-called "freeze for freeze" under which South Korea and the U.S. would suspend its annual military exercises that provoke Pyongyang in exchange for a halt to the North's provocations.

Finally, we noted that at the top of the emergency meeting, Axios reports, a top U.N. official said North Korea's hydrogen bomb test blast was 5 times as powerful as those resulting from the attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

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ne-tiger's picture

Go fight your own war, bitch!

Ghost of Porky's picture

A sovereign nation that acts sovereignly will not be tolerated.

BaBaBouy's picture

MIC Is Frothing at the Mouth ...

Chupacabra-322's picture

"Banksters are begging for War"

svayambhu108's picture

She should go herself undercover as a prostitute and try to kill him

MozartIII's picture

Bingo!! Afganistan as well. Thats with out the poppy fields.

fx's picture

"begging for war"?  the only country that has been really begging for wars, day in and day out is the US of A, for the past 3 decades at least.


CuttingEdge's picture

Afghanistan was all about the poppy fields.

Primary source of CIA funding.

Mr. Ed's picture

" sanctions to slash by a third Pyongyang's US$3 billion annual export revenue, which could be channeled to fund its nuclear and ballistic missile programs" ???

That short USD/JPY position KIM placed last Friday went 75 pips into the green at market open on Sunday... I don't think they need export revenue with their FX game (which is pure profit) going so well - and, which you'd expect since they're MAKING THE NEWS that drives ccy prices!

Luc X. Ifer's picture

Actually NK plays as China is asking them to - always did, do and will do. What happens now must be analysed in a larger context.

1. China is officially at war over trade with US for some days since DT declarations, so they know they will lose value here.

2. China has to deal with its over-inflated economy and the insurgence of the crypto's threatening the established monetary system it's economical value generation is built upon.

3. China officially engaged into leaving the $ and moving into gold to price the crude.

4. US is obviously badly hurt now socially and economically due to long term illness and the random nature events given bad wounds which seem will aggravate in the very near future. US barely survives anymore like an old rich aristocrat in a hospital emergency room where all medical teams struggle around the clock to keep the old fart alive for some few more days or hours.

So, it is in the interest of China to unleash the NK dog to engage the badly weakened old fart US.

HowdyDoody's picture

SAA ground forces have crossed the Euphrates at Deir Ezzor. They are a few km for the northern border of the parts of Deir Ezzor held by the SAA for 5 years. The Brit forces supposedly training 'moderates' in the al Tanf region have fled to al Shahdadi in east Syria in anticipation of being airlifted to safety. The SAA are dropping leaflets over the US-held al Tanf region suggesting the forces surrender and their hand in their weapons.

Oh look, Nork nukular squirrel!



Chupacabra-322's picture

@ Howdy,


Your move Pure War Evil Criminal Treasonous Seditious Psychopath Deep State / CIA / Mossad.

Slack Jack's picture

Veritas X posted a link to the following interesting article by F. William Engdahl:

Engdahl says North Korea is an Pentagon Vassal State and Kim Jong Un is their man.

Kim Jong Un et al, now (supposedly) threatens "A Super-Powerful EMP Attack....." BUT

An EMP attack is a big nothing.

What would you rather have above your city; an EMP attack or the average ole thermonuclear weapon going off.

An EMP attack would draw a response just the same as a killer blast over Los Angeles.

So why would Kim Jong Un attack the US in the most ineffectual way, when the response would be the same as a full-blooded attack?

Kim Jong Un is sure beginning to sound like false opposition. Maybe Engdahl is right.

Reflecting on this, it seems more likely that Kim Jong Un is their man (i.e., Kim Jong Un is false opposition) but that North Korea is truly an enemy state.

This fits the facts better than Engdahl's hypothesis.

What do you think?

land_of_the_few's picture

Hopefully they can block retreat paths and shellack these SOBs thoroughly, they have had their way far too long with this city, 3 years of seige perpetrated on 100s of 1000s of city inhabitants plus the troops defending them there, shoe is on the other foot now.

Grach is coming for you boys, in a foul mood and hungry. Let it be fed, now is the time.

Truthoutthere's picture

Peace is breaking out in Syria.Syria won.America lost...again.At least an American team gets to win the World Series.

lew1024's picture

No rational country produces chaos because nobody can control, guide or direct chaos.

China has plenty of problems without more, why would it goad NK into threatening America?  Engaging in a series of threats with the most powerful individual in the world?

Who benefits? Easy, the US Deep State, because it distracts from people focusing on the political problems here at home, where it is losing against ordinary citizens and alt-media. Easy, MIC, the major political parties, legacy media, for those reasons and more, personal investments, profits, stock options, more stars, more board seats, ...

China gets nothing out of NK's actions. Their criminals resell NK's drugs and they buy coal and sell various goods, but NK is not a major customer.

Russia ditto. Japan even less.

NK didn't build their bombs and ICBMs.  Other countries did all of that technology. Other countries financed the operations, at least handling the drug profits and paying for the people and material.

Why is it not public knowledge what those countries and companies and individual engineers and scientists are? They are the enemies, not NK. NK is nothing without all their help.


Lore's picture

Very astute.  This is another thing that conceivably points directly at the Clinton Foundation.

Investigation of the Clinton Foundation is the most important pivot in America today. The fate of the nation hangs on it.  


azusgm's picture

Does the news make mention of their crystal meth industry?

The Alarmist's picture

Isn't that akin to a rapist saying his victim was asking for it?

fx's picture

Isn't impressive what they have achieved with almost no fx revenue? Compare that to the USA. Imagine cutting the pentagon's budget by one third - holy sh!t! Everything would grind to a halt immediately - which would be a good thing actually, for the rest of the planet.

PT's picture

Eager Beaver:

Hey!  Maybe you partially answered my question before I asked it!  See below.  But I'm quite sure there's a little bit more.

DaveyJones's picture

funny how the american flag pins are only worn by the people who least deserve to. 

SoilMyselfRotten's picture

"War is never something the United States wants, we don't want it now, but our people's patience is not unlimited."


No, we never want war, we believe all nations should kiss our ass and reserve war for those who are obstinate to aforementioned ass kissing

sincerely_yours's picture

There'll be NO WAR with N Korea.

The thing the US is really good at is setting the Middle East on fire for IsraHell.

Eager Beaver's picture

You do realize (((Jesus))) is our lord and saviour, right?

HopefulCynic's picture

Jesus being GOD can not be a follower of a religion that worships GOD, that is stupid idiotic and perverted. Also Christ was ver vocal against modern Jews the talmudists, you know the people he told that they have abandoned their fathers faith for a man made religion RABBINICAL JUDAISM. 

Mr Twitch's picture

Yes, as summarized by S.O.A.D.B.Y.O.B.

NukeChinaNow's picture

What a crock. If NK had ANYTHING of value it would be selling it to the highest bidder, aka, NOT the Chinks.

The NK regime is simply used by THE CHINKS ( and guaranteeing safety ) to test the USA.

Hence my avatar.


Eager Beaver's picture

Of course the Chinese are using the North Koreans. Why do you think that they're developing NK's rare earths (with British help)? Why is it that all of these nuclear tests of Kim's are happening in the same region as the rare earths? Because mining them produces highly radioactive wastes, full of Thorium and all kinds of lovely byproducts. Not even the Chinese want that shit in their backyard anymore. What better place than develop these shitholes like NK into radioactive, toxic waste pits, using disposable labor, like we did with Native Americans mining our Uranium? Rare earths are the single most vital aspect of our modern world. They are more valuable than oil, in terms of keeping this high-tech society going. Without them, we have nothing but vacuum tubes. No cell phones, no computers, no satellites, no preditor drones, no cruise missiles, no NSA spying on everyone. The game must go on! You, sir, are an idiot. Nuke yourself.

guru69's picture

vast amounts of rare earth metals

important for making smart phones for the west's youth

Lore's picture

@ NukeChinaNow:  No offense, but that's ignurnt.  Shelve your silly old programming, read more from informed non-fake sources, and perspective will come.

land_of_the_few's picture

Either that or the US really really want THAAD installed in SK and are willing to risk war to get it

Lost My Shorts's picture

I doubt NK is begging for war, but maybe Kim Jong Un would like a spanking from Nicki Haley.  He's been such a bad boy !!

Perhaps there is after all an advantage to having a woman president to deal with certain types of foreign leader.

PT's picture

Gotta admit, this propaganda seems soooooooooooo much more believable than all the other propaganda of the past few years.  Beats the shit outta the WMD one, that's for sure.

Remember how it turned out there were no WMDs?  Remember when bin Laden was "no longer a priority"?
Remember how after Gadaffi died, a few years later all this information came out saying that he was busting a gut trying to house and water the Libyans? - You know, he may have been a big meanie to his enemies but in general he was nice?  (Yeah, I've never been to Libya so I'll have to let others argue that one.)

Dear ZH

I know this is impossible, and I really do not like to ask you to do impossible things, but if it is at all possible, can you please give us a few stories about North Korea that we normally won't hear about until after they have been nuked and got their Rothschild central bank installed?  I'm not asking for much, just a little clairvoyance, perhaps five years after the NorK thing has petered out - we won't bother assuming that it ends completely - that's just waaaayyyyyy too far into the future - just after, ummm, like 5 years after the Prez has declared "Mission Accomplished" or something.  I guess the truth may have wiggled its way out by then.

Sorry for asking for the impossible, but I know you understand.  Thanks.

Speaking of which, I wonder:  Let's say Trump had have gone all-in with bombing Syria.  Would Kim Jong-Un still have suddenly magically discovered how to make missiles and nukes and EMP weapons?  At this point in time?  I know those two events should not be related but there's that funny word again - Should.

Reminds me a bit of those old martial arts movies - one hero against 100 baddies and the baddies appear to be lining up to let the hero take them out one-at-a-time instead of all rushing him at once.

Or it could be just me.  Gotta admit I am no expert at this global politicking stuff.
Everything looking like everything else.  Maybe I'm getting old.

JLee2027's picture

Remember when appeasment worked with Hitler, Stalin, Mao, Japan?






PT's picture

Yeah, I guess you're right.  Ain't no way Kimmy is gonna be able to appease the US ...

Escrava Isaura's picture

JLee2027: Remember when appeasement worked with Hitler, Stalin, Mao, Japan?

Are you serious?

Because either you have no idea what are you talking about, conservatively speaking. Or, heavily indoctrinated, liberally speaking.



soyungato's picture

"  have no idea what are you talking about  " I think yiou got that one right. 

Some people have to talk regardless even if talking has a way of exposing how shallow one really is.

Escrava Isaura's picture

I know, and understand that ignorance is bliss.

But let me ask you these:

Is North Korea invading other nations?

Hither, Stalin, Mao, and Japan in the same phrase. What does it mean? And, what do they have to do with North Korea, beside all being located at the Planet Earth?


JLee2027's picture

Stick to Brazil. It's nice and safe there.

DaveyJones's picture

Remember when the whole world had not yet grown to distrust the US?