US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley said on Sunday that the tweet claiming President Donald Trump’s nuclear button is “bigger” was a warning to North Korean leader Kim Jong-un intended to keep the dictator on his toes. “It’s very important that we don’t ever let him get so arrogant that he doesn’t realize the reality of what would happen if he started a nuclear war,” Haley explained.
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US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley said on Sunday that President Donald Trump’s tweet about having a bigger nuclear button than North Korea was intended to keep regime leader Kim Jong-un “on his toes.” During a televised interview on ABC’s “This Week” program, Haley clarified that the US must remind the dictatorship to be cautious with its rhetoric.
“I think that [Trump] always has to keep Kim on his toes,” said Haley when asked whether she thought the tweet was a good idea. “It’s very important that we don’t ever let him get so arrogant that he doesn’t realize the reality of what would happen if he started a nuclear war.”
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“We’re not going to let them go and dramatize the fact that they have a button right on their desk and they can destroy America,” Haley added. “We want to always remind them we can destroy you too, so be very cautious and careful with your words and what you do.”
CIA Director Mike Pompeo also defended the president’s tweet on Sunday. “That tweet is entirely consistent with what we’re trying to communicate,” he told Fox News Sunday. “We want the regime to understand that, unlike before, we are intent on resolving this and it is our firm conviction that resolving this diplomatically is the correct answer but that this administration is prepared to do what it takes to assure that people in Los Angeles, in Denver, in New York are not held at risk from Kim Jong Un having a nuclear weapon.”
As previously reported by JOL, after Kim claimed that his country’s nuclear button is always on his desk, Trump responded saying that his nuclear button is “much bigger” and “more powerful.”
Despite the exchange of threats, Trump told reporters in a Saturday press conference at Camp David that he is “absolutely” open to dialogue with Pyongyang. “[Kim Jong-un] knows I’m not messing around,” said the president. “I’m not messing around. Not even a little bit. Not even 1%. He understands that. At the same time, if we can come up with a very peaceful and very good solution, we’re working on it … with a lot of people.”