Ha­ley: Py­ongyang stung by ris­ing pres­sure from China

The Washington Times Daily - - WORLD - — Sally Per­sons

U.S. Am­bas­sador to the United Na­tions Nikki R. Ha­ley said Mon­day that China’s in­volve­ment in cur­tail­ing North Korea’s nu­clear devel­op­ment has con­trib­uted to Kim Jong-un’s es­ca­lated at­tacks and an­gry rhetoric.

“I think it’s a new day when you’ve got China and the United States work­ing to­gether on a state­ment to con­demn North Korea,” said Ms. Ha­ley on NBC’s “To­day.”

She also said that the U.S. is not look­ing for a fight in North Korea, but that cer­tain ac­tions will re­quire a re­sponse.

“If you see [Mr. Kim] at­tack a mil­i­tary base, if you see some sort of in­ter­con­ti­nen­tal bal­lis­tic mis­sile,” she said, “then the pres­i­dent steps in and de­cides what’s go­ing to hap­pen.”

Ms. Ha­ley of­fered no new in­for­ma­tion on an Amer­i­can pro­fes­sor de­tained Mon­day in North Korea, but said it was an­other at­tempt for Mr. Kim to pro­voke a U.S. re­sponse. This now brings the num­ber of Amer­i­cans held in the coun­try to three.

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