The U.S. and its international partners will continue to “tighten the screws” on the regime of North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un following its most recent test of a ballistic missile over the weekend, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said Sunday morning.
Haley told ABC’s “This Week” that Kim is “in a state of paranoia” and that his nation’s barrage of missile tests are a symptom of that. She also said that pressure imposed by the U.S. has already been felt by the Kim regime.
“Well, I think you first have to get into Kim Jong-un’s head, you know, which is he’s in a state of paranoia. He’s incredibly concerned about anything and everything around him,” Haley told ABC anchor George Stephanopoulos. “What we’re going to do is continue to tighten the screws. He feels it. He absolutely feels it. And we’re going to continue, whether it’s sanctions, whether it’s press statements, anything that we have to do.”
While President Donald Trump and other White House officials have met North Korea’s most recent bout of saber-rattling with harsh rhetoric and promises of collaboration with the Chinese government to more fully rein in the Kim regime, the president himself has also said that he would be “honored” to meet with the North Korean dictator under the right circumstances.
On Sunday morning, Haley said North Korea’s missile test would preclude those circumstances from coming about.
“Having a missile test is not the way to sit down with the president, because he’s absolutely not going to do it,” the former South Carolina governor said. “And I can tell you, he can sit there and say all the conditions he wants, until he meets our conditions, we’re not sitting down with him.”