Nikki Haley on Iran: 'We must not be silent'

Casey Dawson
January 3, 2018

United States Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley speaks to reporters Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2018, at United Nations headquarters.

Moreover, the United States will initiate additional measures against Pyongyang If DPRK conducts another ballistic missile test, US Envoy to the UN warned during a press briefing on Tuesday.

"We won't take any of the talks seriously if they don't do something to ban all nuclear weapons in North Korea", Haley said.

"We don't think we need a Band-Aid, and we don't think we need to smile and take a picture", Haley said of the proposed talks, which would be held in the context of next month's Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

"North Korea can talk to anyone they want, but the U.S.is not going to recognise it or acknowledge it until they agree to ban the nuclear weapons that they have", she said.

"I repeat, the government is open to talking with North Korea, regardless of time, location and form".

Choi met North Korean sports official Mun Woong in China on December 18 on the sidelines of a global youth football tournament where North and South Korea soccer teams competed, the Dong-A Ilbo newspaper reported. She said Pakistan plays a "double game" by cooperating with the USA while harboring terror groups that operate in neighboring Afghanistan.

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At the same time, he stressed that his country would push ahead with "mass producing" nuclear warheads in defiance of U.N. sanctions and that he had a nuclear button on his desk capable of launching missiles at the United States.

The US envoy to the United Nations was referring to comments by South Korea's unification minister Cho Myoung-gyon, who said Seoul was "reiterating our willingness to hold talks with the North at any time and place in any form".

"The civilized world must remain united and vigilant against the rogue state's development of a nuclear arsenal".

Should the talks be held on January 9, it would be the first such dialogue since a vice-ministerial meeting in December 2015.

"Perhaps that is good news, perhaps not - we will see!"

Haley's comments implied a return to the state department's position earlier in 2017 when the official policy was that the regime would have to commit to putting its nuclear weapons programme on the negotiating table in any talks with the US.

The South Korean leader had campaigned on the promise of trying to improve ties with Pyongyang before taking office last May.

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