Haley: US will 'tighten the screws' on North Korean nuclear program

Gladys Abbott
May 17, 2017

Second, the timing of the North Korean missile test couldn't have been worse for China, as it took place when Beijing was hosting leaders and representatives from dozens of countries around the world for the "One Belt One Road" summit.

"You either support North Korea, or you support us", she said. The strategy also amounts to war-contingency planning in case the homeland is attacked.

Its latest ballistic missile launch, in defiance of UN Security Council resolutions, was on Sunday which it said was a test of its capability to carry a "large-size heavy nuclear warhead", drawing Security Council condemnation.

"We are going to send a very strong, unified message to North Korea that the worldwide community wants to support you, but as long as you test and as long as you continue your nuclear program, you are on an island by yourself", Haley said, speaking alongside ambassadors from Japan and South Korea.

"Right now, North Korea is trying to pose a threat in every way possible", she added. "It's not unique in North Korea, but it's also not a very common method".

"You either support North Korea or you support us", she said, suggesting some countries were failing to adhere to UN-imposed sanctions. "But our response remains as firm as ever", Cho said.

The Lazarus Group is implicated in the Sony hack and the 2016 Bangladesh Bank heist in which hackers attempted to steal almost $1 billion from the central bank of Bangladesh. US officials said Monday that they had seen the same similarities.

Still, North Korean analysts are perplexed by the allegations that the country was behind the unprecedented WannaCry attack. In a hack a year ago of Interpark, a South Korean e-commerce provider, North Korean hackers used ransomware to hijack its systems and demanded payment in Bitcoin, a digital currency.

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Many are expecting additional and stronger global sanctions. The two agreed that the ultimate goal is the complete disposal of North Korean nuclear weapons.

"If you are a country that is supplying or supporting North Korea, we will call you out on that", Haley said.

North Korea and the rich, democratic South are technically still at war because their 1950-53 conflict ended in a truce, not a peace treaty.

Asked whether North Korea's missile program was developing faster than expected, he said: "Yes".

"I don't have a good answer to why the North Koreans would target China or Russian Federation", said Gi-Wook Shin, director of the Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center at Stanford University.

The Workers' Party and the Korean People's Army are believed to run their own hacking operations, creating competition.

Washington has warned North Korea that the "era of strategic patience" they enjoyed under former President Barack Obama would not continue under current President Donald Trump.

If the North Korean hackers were responsible for the disruptions suffered by Chinese computer users, that would constitute an extraordinary assault on North Korea's most important neighbor.

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