September 5, 2017 / 4:02 PM / 2 years ago

Haley says new North Korea sanctions unlikely to change behavior

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley delivers remarks during a meeting by the United Nations Security Council on North Korea at the U.N. headquarters in New York City, U.S., September 4, 2017. REUTERS/Joe Penney

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said on Tuesday that more sanctions on North Korea are unlikely to change the country’s behavior but would cut off funding for its ballistic missile and nuclear programs.

“Do we think more sanctions are going to work on North Korea? Not necessarily,” Haley told the American Enterprise Institute. “But what does it do? It cuts off the revenue that allows them to build ballistic missiles.”

Haley said on Monday she wants the United Nations Security Council to vote on Sept. 11 to impose “the strongest possible” sanctions on North Korea over its sixth and largest nuclear test.

Reporting by Michelle Nichols; Editing by James Dalgleish

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