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U.S. to further tighten sanctions on N. Korea, go after third country entities: Haley

2017/05/17 05:36

NEW YORK, May 16 (Yonhap) -- The United States will further strengthen sanctions on North Korea and go after third-country entities supporting the communist regime, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said Tuesday.

Speaking before an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council convened to discuss the North's latest missile test, Haley also said that the U.S. is willing to hold talks with Pyongyang, "but not until we see a total stop of the nuclear progress and of any test there."

   "We want to look at the current sanctions in place and we want to look at strengthening the sanctions. And the United States is not past looking at third country entities who are helping North Korea and putting sanctions on them because if you're supporting North Korea, you're against the rest of the international community," Haley said.

She warned of sanctions against those supporting Pyongyang.

"If you are a country that is supplying or supporting North Korea, we will call you out on it. We will make sure everyone knows who you are and we will target those sanctions towards you as well."

   The U.S. will ramp up pressure on the North in every possible way, Haley said.

"We're going to make sure we put the pressure on them economically, diplomatically, politically, and internationally and in any way that we need to, but we are going to send a very strong unified message to North Korea that the international community wants to support you, but as long as you test, as long as you continue your nuclear program, you're on an island by yourself," she said.