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U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley testifies to the House Foreign Affairs Committee on "Advancing U.S. Interests at the United Nations" in Washington, U.S., June 28, 2017. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts - RTS18ZKK

After missile launch, U.S. warns China about North Korea trade

WASHINGTON— The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations is warning China its massive trade with the United States is at risk if its trade with North Korea violates U.N. sanctions.

Nikki Haley’s remarks came in a hard-hitting speech Wednesday to an emergency meeting of the Security Council following Pyongyang’s successful launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile.

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Haley says “the world has become a more dangerous place” and the U.S. will use its “considerable military forces” to defend itself and its allies, but prefers to use trade.

She adds that “much of the burden of enforcing U.N. sanctions rests with China,” which accounts for 90 percent of trade with North Korea.

Haley says the Trump administration will work with China and other countries but will not repeat past “inadequate approaches.”

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