North Korea is trying to show strength at home by detaining another U.S. citizen, but overall, Chinese pressure on the regime is “working,” U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley said this morning.
“I think that North Korea’s been playing games from the very beginning,” Haley said today on ABC News’ “Good Morning America.”
“What we’re seeing is that Kim Jong Un is trying to really show his strength to the people of North Korea, whether it’s just with all of these threats or what he’s trying to do in terms of talking in terms of trying to start a war. And what we’ve said is we don’t want war, so don’t start one.”
Tony Kim, a U.S. citizen and professor, was detained in North Korea on Saturday while trying to leave the country with his wife.
Haley said the United States is going to work with China to negotiate his release. Kim is at least the third U.S. citizen now detained in North Korea.
She added that China has “shown genuine concern” in regard to rising tensions with North Korea after Pyongyang tested another missile earlier this month.
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