Iran 'tested by its own citizens': Haley

South Korea offers to talk with North ahead of Olympics

North Korea 'preparing for missile strike' – US ambassador warns United Nations

Nikki Haley, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, said today: "We hear reports that North Korea might be preparing for another missile test". In the days ahead, we will be calling for an emergency session both here in NY, and at the Human Rights Council in Geneva.

"The United States supports the Iranian people and calls on the regime to respect its citizens' basic rights to peacefully express their desire for change", White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders told reporters.

She added: "We are trying to promote the peace process, but if that will not happen, the president will not continue to fund it". "I don't think we should be silent".

On New Year's Day Donald Trump tweeted: "Iran is failing at every level despite the bad deal made with them by the Obama Administration". The global community failed to do that in 2009. "We don't think we need a Band-Aid, and we don't think we need to smile and take a picture".

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

Haley also noted the US decision to cut aid to Pakistan, citing a "double game" in which Pakistan occasionally works with Washington while harboring terrorists that attack American troops in Afghanistan.

Haley also emphasized that withholding aid is not connected to Pakistan's vote in the U.N. General Assembly stating its opposition to the USA recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. She said Pakistan plays a "double game" by cooperating with the US while harboring terror groups that operate in neighboring Afghanistan. Nauert said she was not aware if the matter had been discussed in advance of the South Korean response.

But Obama's critics say his hesitancy only emboldened the Iranian regime.

"North Korea's participation in the Winter Games will be a good opportunity to showcase the national pride and we wish the Games will be a success". "They work with us at times, and they also harbour the terrorists that attack our troops in Afghanistan".

North Korea, which regularly threatens to destroy the United States, South Korea and Japan, tested its most powerful intercontinental ballistic missile in November, which it said was capable of delivering a warhead to anywhere in the United States.

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