Bamberg County native and former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley continues to impress as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations.
A major success came in engineering an unprecedented vote by the U.N. Security Council to level new sanctions on North Korea for its nuclear and missile programs. North Korean ally China and Russia voted with the United States in a rare show of unanimity for which Haley should get a lot of credit.
And it’s not because the ambassador is being timid or unrealistic.
Haley described the action as "the single largest economic sanctions package ever leveled against the North Korean regime" and "the most stringent set of sanctions on any country in a generation."
The council condemned North Korea’s actions "in the strongest terms" and reiterated previous calls for the country to suspend all ballistic missile launches and abandon its nuclear weapons program "in a complete, verifiable and irreversible manner."
But Haley warned the U.N. action it is not enough. "We should not fool ourselves into thinking we have solved the problem — not even close.”
The Security Council has already imposed six rounds of sanctions that have failed to halt North Korea's drive to improve its ballistic missile and nuclear weapons capabilities.
Haley told council members: "The threat of an outlaw nuclearized North Korean dictatorship remains ... (and) is rapidly growing more dangerous.”
A day after the vote, she expanded on her thinking about North Korea in an interview with Fox News: “It’s time for North Korea to realize, we are not playing anymore.
“They can either respond by pulling back and saying they are not going to be part of this reckless activity anymore or they can see where it goes.”
The words are straightforward but far less provocative than President Donald Trump’s vow of “fire and fury” should North Korea endanger the United States and its allies.
The North Koreans are aware of what will happen should they use nuclear weapons but the regime is unlikely to relinquish them, seeing nukes as an insurance policy for its survival, making military action to disarm the North a nearly unthinkable option.
Here’s hoping Haley is called upon further to speak about the crisis. She is a most effective voice for America.
Others, including political opponents back home such as former Bamberg County Rep. and present CNN commentator Bakari Sellers, agree.
After praising Haley on Twitter for the U.N. vote, Sellers told The Times and Democrat this past week that while no one had more disagreements with Haley as governor of South Carolina, he is impressed with her performance at the United Nations.
“The fact is, on the new national level, she is a shining star,” Sellers said. “She has an inclusive world view – and is showing just that.
“North Korea, Iran, Israel: She has been right on all these issues.”
Sellers continued: “I don’t want her to be governor, but Nikki Haley as U.N. ambassador is good for the United States of America.”
Good for the United States indeed.