Nikki Haley, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, said that the U.S. could potentially retaliate with a military strike if North Korea tests another nuclear device. Haley went on several TV shows Monday morning to discuss the rising tensions between the U.S. and North Korea and said that the reclusive country’s leader, Kim Jong Un, is unstable and paranoid. On NBC’s Today show, Haley said the U.S. is not “going to do something unless he gives us reason to do something.” She also praised China for its diplomatic help in pressuring the Hermit Kingdom to stop its missile and nuclear testing.
Over the weekend, North Korea detained a U.S. citizen in the country, making him the third American to be detained in the country in what Haley called an effort to “have a bargaining chip” in negotiations with the U.S. “What we’re dealing with is a leader who is flailing right now and he’s trying to show his citizens he has muscle,” she told CBS This Morning. When asked what exactly would happen if the country decides to try out a new missile or nuclear device, Haley responded, “I think then the president steps in and decides what’s going to happen.”
Earlier this month, Haley appeared at the 8th Annual Women in the World New York Summit. During a discussion with MSNBC anchor Greta Van Susteren on the event’s opening night, “Trump’s Diplomat” provided a window into the White House’s new foreign policy toward Syria, where the Assad regime had just carried out a brutal chemical attack, and more broadly about the U.S. worldview. “Greta, we don’t do soft power,” Haley said. The next night, the U.S. peppered a Syrian airbase with 59 Tomahawk missiles. If you missed the conversation, watch the full interview and all of the highlights below.
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