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Nikki Haley: 'No Turnaround' in Trump's Tough NKorea Position

(ABC's "This Week")

By    |   Sunday, 07 January 2018 10:58 AM

Pushing back at claims President Donald Trump is walking back his tough stance against North Korea and taking more shots at past foreign policy failures, U.S. ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley contends there is "no turnaround" for the administration's end goal to "denuclearize the peninsula," because "we're going to be smart this time."

"[President Trump has] said, 'yes, there could be a time where we talk to North Korea," Haley told ABC's "This Week," "But a lot of things have to happen before that actually takes place. They have to stop testing. They have to be willing to talk about banning their nuclear weapons. Those things have to happen."

President Trump and Vice President Mike Pence have both stressed in recent weeks they do not want to repeat the "mistakes" of past U.S. administrations, particularly those of former President Barack Obama's failed stance of "strategic patience." Haley echoed it to ABC host George Stephanopoulos.

"We're trying to make sure we don't repeat what's happened the last 25 years, which is them start to act like they're coming to the table, then ask for a lot of money, and them cheat their way through," Haley said of dictator Kim Jong Un and his struggling North Korea regime.

"We're going to be smart this time – make sure whatever happens makes the United States safer and makes sure that we denuclearize the peninsula."

Haley admitted the ever-evolving situation with North Korea is a "very dangerous situation" President Trump has been left to deal with by the Obama administration.

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With regard to President Trump potentially fanning those "very dangerous" flames with pointed and mocking tweets of Kim, Haley did what very few do: She praised being strategically "unpredictable" as "not a bad thing."

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In the end, Haley said, the world has come to "respect" President Trump's "unpredictability" as it has forced hostile opposing countries, namely North Korea and Iran, to stay tuned to his positions posted via Twitter.

Criticism of a softening of President Trump came this weekend when he supported North Korea's participation in the Winter Olympics in South Korea next month. The two peninsula neighbors reportedly will meet Tuesday to discuss the Olympics – and only the Olympics.

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