America's United Nations ambassador dismisses proposed North-South Korea talks

America's United Nations ambassador dismisses proposed North-South Korea talks

America's United Nations ambassador dismisses proposed North-South Korea talks

Speaking with reporters Tuesday at UN headquarters, US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley stressed the US remains committed to reaching a peace deal and implied it would cut off aid if the Palestinians refused to engage in peace negotiations.

Haley singled out Iran in a New Year's message that also denounced "oppressive governments" in North Korea, Venezuela and Cuba.

Obama was initially reluctant to speak forcefully in favor of the demonstrations for fear the Iranian regime would undermine the grass-roots nature of the protests. "The demonstrations are completely spontaneous", Haley said.

She said: "This is the precise picture of a long opressed people rising up against their dictators".

During a news conference at the United Nations on Tuesday, Ambassador Haley applauded the Iranian uprising. The worldwide community has a role to play on this.

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"In these first days of 2018, nowhere is the urgency of peace, security and freedom being more tested than in Iran", she said.

At least two people have been killed and dozens arrested since protests broke out Thursday in the city of Masshad and spread to Tehran and other cities.

"And what we saw with the resolution was not helpful to the situation", she added.

"The UN must speak out in the days ahead, we will be calling for an emergency session", she said. "I don't think we should be silent".

"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.

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Chun Yung-woo, a former South Korean national security adviser, said Seoul should have taken more time before reacting to Kim's comments.

There have been sporadic meetings between diplomats over individual issues like U.S. detainees, but those died out after the regime's sixth nuclear test in September.

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

"We consider this to be a very reckless regime", the U.S. envoy said. "The president is willing to go to great lengths to stop all funding from Pakistan as they continue to harbor and support terrorism". South Korea proposed holding high-level talks with Pyongyang, after the North's leader Kim Jong-un said Pyongyang might attend the Winter Olympics.

"The Pakistan aid issue is not connected to the vote with Jerusalem".

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