Haley to North Korea: Don't pick a fight with the US

Haley to North Korea: Don't pick a fight with the US
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U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley on Wednesday warned North Korea not to pick a fight with the U.S.

"We're not trying to pick a fight so don't try and give us one," Haley told reporters, according to The Associated Press.

Haley's comments come amid escalating tensions between the U.S. and North Korea. The U.S. is moving a Navy strike group into the west Pacific near the Korean Peninsula as concerns rise over the North's advancing weapons program.

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North Korea, on the other hand, views the naval movement as an act of aggression and is threatening a nuclear strike if provoked by the U.S. The country has also warned that it could easily strike U.S. military bases in South Korea, where tens of thousands of American troops are stationed.

Trump on Tuesday said that the U.S. wants peace with North Korea, but added that the success of any peaceful solution to the heightened tensions will be contingent on whether North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is willing to pursue such a route.

On the campaign trail, President Trump said that, if elected, he would put pressure on China to rein in North Korea and its increasingly aggressive weapons program.

But after meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping earlier this month, Trump concluded that "it's not so easy."

Other top U.S. officials have warned that a potential military option is still on the table when it comes to North Korea. During an appearance in Japan on Wednesday, Vice President Pence said that "all options are on the table" and that the U.S. is not looking to negotiate with the nation. 

"When the president says all options are on the table, all options are on the table," he said. "We’re trying to make it very clear to people in this part of the world that we are going to achieve the end of a denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, one way or the other."