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U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley took part in an emergency Security Council meeting on North Korea, lobbying for "the strongest possible" response to the recent nuclear test.

Two things: At the top of the meeting, a U.N. official said the blast was 5 times as powerful as those resulting from the attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. As it concluded, Haley said the U.S. would circulate a resolution against North Korea for a vote next Monday.

Some quotes from Haley:

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  • "War is never something the United States wants, we don't want it now, but our people's patience is not unlimited."
  • "We have kicked the can down the road long enough. There is no road left."
  • "The United States will view every country that does business with North Korea" as aiding their nuclear ambitions.

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