North Korea latest: US says ‘if war comes, the regime will be utterly destroyed’

The US Ambassador to the United Nations has warned that North Korea’s ruling regime would be “utterly destroyed” if the country’s continued aggression sparks a military conflict.

“If war comes make no mistake: the North Korean regime will be utterly destroyed,” Nikki Haley said during a UN Security Council meeting that followed North Korea’s latest launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile, an action Ms Haley warned “brings us closer to war”.

“We have never sought war with North Korea, and still today we do not seek it. If war does come, it will be because of continued acts of aggression like we witnessed yesterday,” Ms Haley said.

Calling on the international community to deepen the nuclear-armed state’s isolation, Ms Haley urged every country in the world to “cut off all ties with North Korea,” including a total cessation of diplomatic relations. She exhorted other countries to expel North Korean labourers and to unravel their scientific and diplomatic connections.

While the top American diplomat noted that multiple countries have recalled their ambassadors or suspended diplomatic ties in reaction to Pyongyang’s continued aggression, she said North Korea’s third launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile launch in recent months forced a “critical choice for the rest of the world”.’

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