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Old 04-24-2017, 12:16 PM
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UN Ambassador Nikki Haley to North Korea: 'Don't give us a reason' to fight with you
By Eun Kyung Kim - TODAY 6 hours ago
RE: http://www.today.com/news/un-ambassa...ive-us-t110717

Nikki Haley, the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, suggested the White House might consider military retaliation if North Korea’s leader fails to stand down from its aggressive military posture.

“We are not going to do anything unless he gives us a reason to do something, so our goal is not to start a fight,” she said Monday on TODAY.

She also described what kind of provocations by North Korea’s Kim Jung Un would prompt the United States to take action.

“If you see him attack a military base, if you see some sort of intercontinental ballistic missile, then obviously we’re going to do that,” she said. “But right now we’re saying, don’t test, don’t use nuclear missiles, don’t try and do any more actions and I think he’s understanding that.”

Pressed to clarify if she specifically meant the United States would resort to military retaliation under any of those conditions, Haley said that decision ultimately would have to come from the White House.

“I think then the president steps in and decides what’s going to happen,” she said.

President Trump was scheduled on Monday to host members of the United Nations Security Council at the White House, and North Korea will undoubtedly be a major point of discussion.

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Haley: Another missile test by North Korea could prompt U.S. military action
By LOUIS NELSON 04/24/17 08:30 AM EDT
RE: http://www.politico.com/story/2017/0...-action-237519

Another ballistic missile test from North Korea could prompt a military reaction from the United States, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said Monday morning.

Speaking from Washington, where she and other members of the U.N. Security Council will meet with President Donald Trump later Monday, Haley told NBC’s “Today” show that “we are not going to do anything unless he gives us reason to do something.” But should North Korea continue its recent pattern of saber-rattling, Haley said the U.S. is prepared to respond with military force.

“If you see him attack a military base, if you see some sort of intercontinental ballistic missile, then obviously we’re going to do that,” Haley said in response to a question about what activity from North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un might prompt a response from the U.S. military. “But right now, we're saying don't test, don’t use nuclear missiles, don’t try and do any more actions, and I think he's understanding that and China’s helping us really put that pressure on him.”

“Let me just make sure I understand what you just said,” NBC anchor Matt Lauer followed up. “If he tests another intercontinental ballistic missile, if he were to test another nuclear device, when you say, ‘Obviously we're going to do that,’ do you mean military retaliation?”

“I think then the president steps in and decides what's going to happen,” Haley replied.

North Korea has attempted two missile tests in recent weeks, one of which was successful, and was engaged in preparations consistent with a possible sixth nuclear weapon test. In response to the stepped-up activity from North Korea, the U.S. military moved an aircraft carrier, the USS Carl Vinson, into the waters off the Korean Peninsula.

That deployment, initially presented by the military and the White House as immediate, was actually delayed until after the carrier completed joint exercises with the Australian navy.
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