U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley Holds News Conference in New York CSPAN September 21, 2017 4:36pm-5:00pm EDT
>> u.s. ambassador to the u.n. onki haley's comments imposing sanctions to north korea. we will take you back here when her comments begin live on seat and. we heard about -- c-s we heard about sanctions from secretarypan. steve mnuchin. we'll look at his remarks. >> hello, everybody. nice to see you. glad to be her with all of you. week. productive
ambassador haley: good afternoon. very productive week. the united states was out in full force, and i think the u.n. felt it but i think it was extremely productive you look at the beginning of the week and it started with you and reform -- un reform. you had massive reforms for the u.n. had was its urinary was we 130 countries that have signed on to that reform. that is two thirds of the general assembly, which is who will vote on this at the end. that was a great search the week. president'sw the address. i think it showed the strength of the u.s. but it also asked the world to come together. mainly, north korea and iran. i think what you saw were how a lot of countries responded.
they were positive to the speech and appreciated how blunt and honest he was. i think that has been the overall theme from the international community this week. how straightforward he was and how refreshing it was as they heard him speak. allieswe met with our japan and south korea. a lot to talk about, so we had a good conversation with them. the president reassure japan and south korea but they talked about strategies going forward. iran, that was the topic of conversation throughout the week. i think everyone was talking about the destabilizing activities they continue to do throughout the middle east, whether it is in syria, iraq, lebanon, yemen, and the list goes on. this is something we will continue to talk about in the forward with so we can stop reckless behavior. meeting with
secretary boris johnson as well as the dutch foreign minister on human rights reform. we talked about the fact that it ofded to be representative its name. we have a lot of bad actors on willcounsel, president vice president spoke about it and the need to see better quality countries on that counsel in order for it to be effective. obviously for the united states to stay on it. if we do not see changes in the human rights council, we will continue to advocate that we will do it on our own if we have to. attended aesident security council meeting yesterday on peacekeeping reform. these pastprogress several months in terms of performing peacekeeping. this is going toward a political solution. it is transparent and accountable. we're also giving the troops the equipment they need and the ability to be trained in order to do their job. we are introducing smarter peacekeeping and i think that came together in the piece be
performed votes we had yesterday. one of the topics that everyone had to talk about this week was burma. when we're saying how much migration has taken place, every country is concerned. that theconcerned military continues to be aggressive in their concerns about the government continues to be in denial. i think you will continue to see the international community talk about that. i think you will only see them get more active on that as we go forward. finally, the security council took a great step forward. it was a measure that i think the international community has been working on for a long time. we worked with our british friends and that was isis accountability in iraq. if you look at the fact that there have been mass graves in
terrible concepts to women and girls in those areas, whether it is what is happening with christians are sunni and shia muslims, what we now have is part of the u.n. body that will go in there and collect evidence and make sure it can be used in trials of the victims have their say and get their day in court, or lose their families do it if they have lost loved ones. that was a big day for the security council. i think there was a lot more. the president met with multiple countries. of talks andts planning and productivity. overall, we can say it was a solid week at the u.n. it was highly successful. i will answer any of your questions. expect -- you [inaudible] in referenceley: to what secretary mnuchin talked about.
this is amazing because when you look at the sanctions, north korea is already seeing them. you can see the lines at the gas station and the fact that they are having a severe reduction in revenues. further.s it a step this is anyone that deals with north korea, any financial institution that deals with an -- deals with north korea will be punished. i think this is important. it is like secretary mnuchin said, you have to be prepared to be sanctioned as well. we always knew the sanctions may not work. but the goal of the sanctions was always intended to be is to cut the revenues they can do less of their reckless behavior. if they do not have the funding for the ballistic missiles and nuclear production, then they can do less of it. that is the goal of the sentience.
it doesn't mean it will necessarily change attitude or belief, but it will slow down the production of the nuclear process going forward. spoken the president about totally destroying north korea to defend ourselves and allies, what exactly did he mean? under what circumstances when he considered destroying all three? ambassador haley: i think that is common sense. we have said multiple times. the president and members of his team have said it. we do not want war. that is the last thing anyone wants to read we do not long-lost of life. life.do not want loss of but we will not run scared. if north korea attacked the united days or our allies, the u.s. will respond. period. that is will happen. we continue to go through diplomatic measures and exhaust everything we have, and the key is that other countries actually support the sanctions and follow
through with them and they also continue to isolate north korea until we can get them to come to the negotiating table. until then, that is just the reality. if they were to strike the united states, of course we .ould have to respond in we can't play of the scenarios but there's a, lot of things between what will happen now and what can be done. the president will not select specifically what he will do, when or where. but there are many options he discussed with the national security team that should north korea do anything irresponsible reckless that he has to choose from. >> thank you. quick one on the sanctions that i have a question on iran.
administration has said this is china, but china told it's bank not to do business with north korea. not -- especially talked about how china is really the main financial backer. how can this not only be directed at china? on iran, is there way to talk with iraning pressure destabilizing activities drop the middle east, which i think a lot of your allies agree on, without violating the agreements as secretary tillerson said? think their a way to get allies to rally around sanctions while keeping the nuclear provisions in place? with ther haley: sanctions on north korea, and only indexes you continue to do
business with north korea. if china does business, it will impact them. there countries in africa, it will impact them. it depends on countries that use to continue to support north korea over the rest of the world that is asking them not to. in reference to iran, you have a couple of processes that take place. on october 15, the president has the decision to make on whether to certify or decertify. that is u.s. law. that has nothing to do with the iran deal. u.s. law requires the president every 90 days to decide whether the iran deal and other elements , whichu.n. resolution would include ballistic missile testing and arms smuggling and supported terrorism, it asks the president to look at all of those things. deal isill thinks the in the best interest of the united states, then he
certifies. if he thinks the situation is not the best interest of the american public, then he doesn't certify.at that point, he goes to congress. he works with congress on how to reshape the situation. the iran deal and u.s. law are two different things. >> cookies to certify without -- c heould -- certify without withdrawing from the deal? ambassador haley: yes. what we saw was basically wrapped in with the nuclear deal. seven if iran did any of these things, it would be in violation. since then, the secretary-general came out they were or that says they have violated all of those things. corporate terrorism, arms
smuggling, the idea they continue to do ballistic missile testing and they need to be called out for that. that is something you will see us do as we go forward in the united nations to make sure they know because we did the nuclear deal doesn't give them a pass on all the other things they are doing wrong. >> he said in your opening remarks that one topic everyone has an opinion about is burma. the president gave an address today and he didn't mention the country at all. [inaudible] ambassador haley: i can tell you he was very concerned. he talked to the national security team and asked exactly what is going to be done. he asked the vice president to speak about it in his speech, which is why we had. he has been very involved in the decision-making. leader,he, like every can tell you we're scratching our heads. all this has happened in three weeks.
nobleness definitely people left thathe tragedies and abuse happened there are things a lot of people cannot stomach. it is who can move the officials -- the officials in burma. the vice president was passionately was speaking because the president asked him to. reporter: [inaudible] ambassador haley: not only have we pressed her, we present the military. we had two things happening. secretary tillerson called her and asked the -- and discussed the information but he also said we have had a relationship with
you but it cannot continue. you have said very vocal shortcomings of the iran deal and iran's behavior. from?does that come is this your own direct opinion after hearing about iranian behavior here? or did you have conversations president? ambassador haley: i conversations with the president and he was concerned about iran and the deal. i went to learn about it. information i looked at the resolution of violations. it was digging deep on the information of what we found and that is why i give this each on the scenario that the president is being faced with with the decisions to be made.
situation is not easy by any means because you look at north korea and you look at the fact that for 25 years were looking at bad deal after bad deal after bad deal and broken promises. . are again, and we do not want to be dealing with the next north korea. that is why he is taking it recently -- seriously. he is looking at every aspect in making sure it is in the best interest of the american public . >> the foreign minister said any disembowel of the iran deal will concerns?hear those the actions on the deal might reduce the possibility of getting a deal with north korea? separately as a point of clarification, do you support it will -- a full - [inaudible] ambassador haley: what is going to iran. a lot of countries will have opinions on whether the u.s.
should stand the deal are not. those countries do not have america saying death to or germany. we can see terrorist attacks going everywhere with ties to iran and that is something we have to be careful about. it has never moved the u.s. to care about what other countries say. what does move the president is to see if we are doing everything in the best security interest for the american people. that is what you see playing out. that is exactly what we're doing. we had so many bad deals with north korea and everybody looked the other way. every time they broke that deal, they looked the other way. where are we now? they have a hydrogen bomb. if we do not do something and we make the same mistakes we made with north korea, we will be dealing with iran that has nuclear weapons and ballistic missile technology. that is our concern. >> the president said we couldn't make a decision on her
-- on our and they would tell us what it is. the president also addressed -- [inaudible] with latin a meeting american meters. can you talk a little more about what he said to them? they suggested to the president that venezuela would be the most effective way. the united states would consider? ambassador haley: i was in the dinner with the latin american -- with our latin american friends and there was a lot of concern for all of them with what is happening in venezuela. tried.they we have tried to do it through multiple avenues to get to what isnd let him know not acceptable. he was moved forward on sanctions and they were not opposed. conversations with what they recommend it but i should share that. i will tell you there is a lot of support in latin america to see venezuela start to respect its people and go back to the
democracy it is supposed to be. i think everyone of them was concerned with what is happening right now. if things don't improve, the options are always there. first it was sanctions and now we will look and see. it is not off the table, i will tell you that. >> there is a lot of speculation with your political future and within your position in the administration. some people are saying you are running to be secretary of state. ambassador haley: there is going to be chatter about things. ever since i was a legislator, people talked about what i am trying are supposed to do. but i'm tried to do is do a good job and i enjoyed to be responsible in my job and am trying to make sure i am for the american people everything that i know. that is what i am trying to do and i'm trying to serve this
president the best i can. it is their issue and not anything else. >> do you want to be secretary of state? ambassador haley: no, i do not. have the u.s. remain credibility when it is considering blowing up the existing diplomatic deal with iran and its program? doesn't this undermine u.s. credibility? ambassador haley: it does not. it shows that the united states is going to always watch out for its people and just because thee was some agreement, smartest thing any country can do is go back and look at it and say isn't working. much pride to say i find it. working? to you think the deal is working when iran continues to test ballistic missiles?
do you think it is working when they support terrorists everywhere? the eu think it is still working and you think it is still working with their smuggling arms and working with north korea? is that in the best interest of the united states? i would question that is your looking at a country that is death to america. working with other countries that may also want to think and the president has the -- may also want the same thing and the president has the responsibility to protect america. >> i had a conversation with linda a conversation with president trump.
to said he is not willing fix this issue. [inaudible] ambassador haley: i think the united states has been taken happenedt so much has and gone in such a terrible direction and the last three to four weeks. i think we were seeing as every member of the national security team is talking about in every member is calling their contacts and counterpart in birmingham, as well as making sure we are supporting bangladesh and what they are doing. same time, we have to look at the refugees as now they have no home. it is no way for any to live. the human rights situation is terrible and we want to make sure we are doing all we can. it is all hands on deck in terms
of the national security council trying to look at it and say what steps are we going to take next. last question. >> they are losing ground in iraq and syria. they're looking at live yet as a new possible base. are you looking at sending them back to manage the refugee camps? what is the u.s. ready to do? atassador haley: if you look the situation, i think we made amazing progress in iraq and syria in terms of the eating defeating isis. in terms of libya, that is something we are meeting with and i'm sure they will tell us when they are ready. thank you very much. [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2017] [captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. visit ncicap.org] >> definitions of this briefing
with u.n. ambassador nikki haley on president trump's announcement this morning. president trump is also in new york meeting with world leaders attending the un's general assembly meeting you there he is now japan's prime minister. pres. trump: thinking very much. it is wonderful to have prime minister shinzo abe doing a wonderful job. you are doing a great job with people of japan. we had numerous discussions today and this is a normalization of the discussions -- formalization of the discussions. we made progress on trade, and we discussed in great detail north korea with south korea, as you can tell. dialogue.ntinue the the relationship has never been closer with japan and the united states. will continue on at