U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley tells U.N. North Korean missile launch ‘brings us closer to war’

Nikki Haley, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, speaks during a Security Council meeting on the situation in North Korea, Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017 at United Nations headquarters. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) – The Latest on the global response to North Korea’s latest missile launch (all times local):

8 a.m. Thursday

U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley says North Korea’s ballistic missile launch “brings us closer to war” that the U.S. doesn’t seek.

She told an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council on Wednesday that if war comes as a result of further acts of “aggression” like the latest launch “make no mistake the North Korean regime will be utterly destroyed.”

Haley says the Trump administration warned North Korea that its future is in the hands of its leaders and the choice was theirs.

With Tuesday’s launch, she said, Kim Jong Un’s regime made a choice – “and with this choice comes a critical choice for the rest of the world.”

She called on all countries to cut all ties to North Korea.

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