Nikki Haley, a former US Ambassador to the UN, believes the rogue regime “senses US weakness” and doesn’t believe the Biden Administration will fight its latest provocations, citing North Korea’s recent back-to-back tests of its hypersonic missile capabilities.
Early Thursday, North Korea reported the successful launch of the second hypersonic missile, indicating that the country’s nuclear weapons program is moving forward. The test comes when the Biden Administration makes diplomatic overtures to North Korean leader Kim Jong-un to reopen disarmament discussions. Biden government
Haley, who oversaw the Trump Administration’s tough stance on North Korea during her term as ambassador to the United Nations, said Kim is encouraged by the Biden Administration’s “weakness” on foreign policy issues. In an interview with the Free Beacon,
Haley said that while she was at the United Nations, “We set the tone and stopped Kim in his tracks by putting in place the harshest sanctions ever placed on North Korea. The rest of the world joined us in making this decision. It should come as no surprise that Kim has identified a weakness in the United States and that his threats and irresponsibility have resumed.”
International observers are particularly concerned about hypersonic missiles because of the sophisticated methods by which they can avoid detection by radar. In a statement issued by North Korea’s state-run news agency, KCNA, the launch was hailed as a success, stating that the missile “precisely hit” a target some 430 kilometers distant.
According to Pentagon spokesperson John Kirby, this specific launch has no further details other than that we believe it was a ballistic missile launch. Numerous UN Security Council resolutions say, “Which is illegal.” Kirby added that the United States is still gathering information on the launch. On Wednesday, Secretary of State Antony Blinken spoke with Japanese Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi and denounced the launch.