The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations warned North Korea on Monday that Americans ‘don’t want war, so don’t start one.
Nikki Haley said on ABC’s ‘Good Morning America’ that the when the communist country’s government
seized an American teacher on Friday, it risked sparking an all-out military conflict.
Kim Sang Duk, also known as Tony Kim, was teaching at Pyongyang University of Science and Technology. He was detained as he prepared to board a plane out of the country.
‘I think that North Korea has been playing games from the very beginning. What we’re seeing is that Kim Jong-Un is really trying to show his strength to the people of North Korea,’ Haley said.
‘I think that just by detaining a prisoner is one more way he’s trying to show his strength, and it’s not going to work.’
Haley said on ‘CBS This Morning’ that the U.S. is working hand-in-glove with the Chinese government to put pressure on North Korea, and it’s beginning to work.
‘I think we’re going to handle it properly, and I think we’ll have to use China to do that,’ she said.
Haley said on ABC, however, that the U.S. isn’t interested in a Chinese proposal that would call for an end to joint U.S.-South Korea military exercises in exchange for Pyongyang’s plege to stop developing its nuclear missile program.
‘We’re not going to do that,’ she said.
South Korea has been an ally from the very beginning. We want to protect them just as we’re protecting ourselves. And that’s what we said we were going to do, is we were going to have the backs of our allies, and we were going to call out our adversaries.’
‘North Korea has done nothing but give every reason why we need to have military exercises in South Korea,’ she said.
‘We’re not backing down from South Korea, and North Korea just needs to get in line.’
North Korea’s dictator warned over the weekend that the military exercises put the U.S. at risk of starting an all-out war.
‘National reunification’ refers to saber-rattling related to North Korea’s desire to conquer and annex South Korea.
”The U.S. has now gone seriously mad. It is mulling frightening the DPRK and achieving something with nuclear strategic bombers, nuclear carriers, etc. However, the army and people of the DPRK will never be browbeaten by such bluffing,’ the media report read.