Former U.S. spokesman to the United Nations Richard Grenell called on U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley to press for tougher sanctions on North Korea Tuesday, arguing that she should call for an emergency session to address the growing crisis.
Haley played a central role in Saturday’s U.N. Security Council to vote to slap broader sanctions on the rogue regime in response to North Korea’s testing of two intercontinental ballistic missiles.
The resolution hit North Korea with sanctions on its exports of lead, lead ore, iron, iron ore, and seafood. The resolution also freezes the assets of a number of banks and bank and business owners. Additionally, it bans the opening of “new joint ventures or cooperative entities” with North Korean entities.
Both Haley and Trump have hailed the resolution as a major victory for the U.S. and for the world as Russia and China did not exercise their power of veto despite signs that they would.
On Fox News Radio’s Todd Starnes Show Tuesday, Grenell said it did not go far enough, pointing in particular to the lack of sanctions on oil in the resolution.
“The last resolution was not tough enough and that clearly what we see today is North Koreans are trying to break out quickly, and so we’ve got to react,” Grenell told host Todd Starnes.
“Nikki Haley should go back to the Security Council today, call for an emergency meeting and say, here is a new resolution that puts back in the oil sanctions that the Chinese and Russians said we shouldn’t have,” he said.
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North Korea has, so far, appeared to be undeterred in its military escalation by the new sanctions. The Washington Post reported Tuesday that the regime now has the capability to load miniaturized nuclear warheads into its missiles.
Meanwhile, Fox News reported that North Korea was recently spotted by U.S. intelligence loading two anti-ship cruise missiles on a patrol boat on the country’s east coast.
Trump responded angrily to the threats and maneuvers by offering North Korea a stark warning: “North Korea best not make any more threats to the United States. They will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen,” Trump said.
Adam Shaw is a Breitbart News politics reporter based in New York. Follow Adam on Twitter: @AdamShawNY.