North Korea, she said, is "this most tragic example of evil in the modern world".
The U.N. Security Council is set to vote on new sanctions for North Korea after the country test-fired a missile it claims can strike the whole US mainland.
On Friday (22 December) the US-drafted resolution was voted for by North Korea's main trading partner, China, and Russian Federation, a traditional ally of Pyongyang.
According to the US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley, "It (the resolution) sends the unambiguous message to Pyongyang that further defiance will invite further punishments and isolation".
This is the fourth resolution on North Korea in 2017 and the third one toughening the anti-North Korean sanctions during the year. Last week, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson told the council that the "pressure campaign must and will continue until denuclearization is achieved", as he backtracked from his offer to hold unconditional talks with Pyongyang.
Columnist for NK News, Peter Ward said the sanctions would be "devastating" for the Democratic People's Republic of North Korea's (DPRK) haulage industry, and for businesses and people using home generators. The United States stations 28,500 troops in the South, a legacy of the 1950-53 Korean War.
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Speaking before the Security Council vote, analysts said the new sanctions could have a major effect on the North's economy.
The council imposed an annual cap of two million barrels in September, and the new resolution calls for a further reduction to 500-thousand barrels for next year.
On Friday, a spokesperson for North Korea's Foreign Ministry called U.S. President Donald Trump's recently released national security strategy the latest American policy seeking to "stifle our country and turn the entire Korean peninsula" into an outpost of American hegemony. And it bans all countries from exporting industrial equipment, machinery, transportation vehicles and industrial metals to the country.
All North Korean workers in foreign countries are in principle to be repatriated within 2 years from the day the resolution is adopted.
China, which supplies most of North Korea's oil, has backed successive rounds of United Nations sanctions but had resisted past USA calls to cut off supplies to its neighbor.