Haley: 'There is no turnaround' with North Korea

- 09.22

The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations said Sunday there's been "no turnaround" in the administration's North Korea policy, after President Donald Trump said he'd "absolutely" be willing to talk to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Trump's comments Saturday at anews conference at Camp David appeared to change direction from a tweet in October, when he said Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was "wasting his time trying to negotiate with Little Rocket Man."

"There is no turnaround," Ambassador Nikki Haley said on ABC's "This Week." "What he has basically said is, yes, there could be a time where we talk to North Korea 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. What we're trying to do is make sure we don't repeat what's happened the last 25 years.

"Which is them [to] start to act like they're coming to the table, them ask for a lot of money and then them cheat their way through," Haley said. "We're going to be smart this time. We're going to make sure that whatever happens makes the United States safer and make sure that we de-nuclear-ize the peninsula."

Asked about South Korea's scheduled talks with North Korea on Tuesday, Haley said: "I think they're going to talk about the Olympics. It's not my understanding that they're going to talk about anything further. But, you know, those two countries have to get along."


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