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Nikki Haley to North Korea: 'Don't Give Us a Reason' for a Fight

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By    |   Monday, 22 May 2017 08:04 AM

"All options" are on the table when it comes to North Korea and its growing aggression, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said in an interview airing Monday.

"We have made it clear, we don't want to start a fight, so don't give us a reason to have one," Haley told NBC's Craig Melvin in an exclusive airing on the "Today" show. 

On Sunday, North Korea test launched a solid-fuel Pukguksong-2 missile, which flew about 310 miles and went 350 miles high before it fell into the Pacific Ocean. North Korea says it is ready to start mass-producing a new medium-range missile that can reach Japan and hit the United States major military bases there.

A few weeks ago, Haley said the United States should continue to try sanctions. As for now, work is being done to pull together a resolution and the sanctions, with determinations being made about how they will be enforced, she told Melvin.

Haley also discussed ongoing news reports that President Donald Trump shared confidential information concerning an ISIS plot involving Israel during a visit with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Ambassador Sergey Kislyak, saying efforts are being made to assure other countries their information is safe.

"I've talked with [CIA] Director [Mike] Pompeo as well," Haley told Melvin. "So much of what I do at the United Nations is based on sensitive information. So much of what a lot of the cabinet members, what they do, is based on sensitive information.

"We're trying to reassure all of our counterparts that what they tell us is kept, trusted, and valued, and we will return the favor."

In other matters, Haley also talked about the decision to appoint former FBI Director Robert Mueller to investigate if there were ties between President Donald Trump's campaign and Russia, and unlike the president, Haley believes the probe is needed.

"I think all of the questions need to be answered so the administration can get back to work," said Haley.

The ambassador, who has been traveling this week in the Middle East on a trip separate from the president's, told Melvin she has visited a refugee camp that is home to 80,000 Syrians, and while talking to families, she's learned that they "just want to go home."

"That's what their prayer is every day, that one day Syria will be peaceful enough to go back," said Haley. But that won't happen, she continued, unless Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is removed from office.

"There's no way there's going to be a political solution and peace with Assad in charge," she said. "All of the partners are going to call for regime change."

When asked if the United States will lead the effort for regime change in Syria, Haley responded that "you're going to hear me talk about how awful Assad is every chance I get."

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