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US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley told the Security Council this week that she believes North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has “basically slapped everyone in the face” who has asked Pyongyang to stop the country’s headlong rush towards a nuclear weapon of mass destruction.

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Haley’s team is circulating a draft resolution to be negotiated this week in preparation for a vote on new sanctions against North Korea that she said the United States wants to see take place in the Security Council next Monday.

The move comes in response to North Korea’s announcement of a plan to test another intercontinental ballistic missile, following last weekend’s test of a hydrogen bomb.

Israel is monitoring events inasmuch as North Korea maintains close economic and military ties with Iran.

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.