United States dismisses North-South Korea talks as 'band-aid'


The United States will not recognize any possible talks between North Korea and South Korea unless the talks result in the ban of all nuclear weapons on the Korean Peninsula, US Envoy to the United Nations Nikki Haley said on Tuesday.

"The long-repressed Iranian people are now finding their voice", she said. "All freedom-loving people must stand with their cause", Nikki Haley told reporters at the UN's NY headquarters.

After she read out social media posts written by Iranians in support of the demonstrations, many of which openly called for the overthrow of the Tehran regime, Haley dismissed Iranian leaders' contention that the unrest was being orchestrated by their external enemies. The freedoms that are enshrined in the United Nations charter are under attack in Iran.

She noted that "dozens have already been killed", before harkening back to the failed Green Revolution in the first year of the Obama presidency. "Hundreds have been arrested", she said.

"We think we need to have them stop nuclear weapons and they need to stop it now", she said, warning: "We will never accept a nuclear North Korea".

This is unedited, unformatted feed from the Press Trust of India wire.

In a formal statement from the former S.C. governor, Haley compared protesting Iranians to others living under "oppressive governments" in Cuba, North Korea and Venezuela. "We don't think we need a Band-Aid, and we don't think we need to smile and take a picture".

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"I hope that does not happen".

"The administration is withholding $255 million in assistance to Pakistan".

Kim said in a New Year's Day speech on Monday he would consider sending a delegation to the Olympics. "To that end, tomorrow night we are having a reception for the countries who chose not to oppose the USA position", Haley said.

Iran's missile program is not in breach of its nuclear deal and will continue despite objections from the United States, President Hassan Rouhani has said. "They wanted to see the embassy moved to Jerusalem, and we followed through with that".

Still, a senior administration official said USA officials are taking inventory of ways they can be supportive of the demonstrations and come up with "creative" ideas.

Tension has been rising over North Korea's nuclear and missile programmes, which it pursues in defiance of years of U.N. Security Council resolutions, with bellicose rhetoric coming from both Pyongyang and the White House.