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  Nikki Haleys 2018 UN News Conference  CSPAN  January 2, 2018 6:51pm-7:04pm EST

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his employees? >> he hopes that companies will either give bonuses on their reinvest or somehow and bring business back into this country. that was one of the big purposes tax cut bill he which we certainly have seen play out over the last couple of and expect to see a lot more good news come from that. guys. so much, >> some much questions at the white house were about the recent political protests in iran. u.s. ambassador to the united nations niki haley held a press new yorkat the u.n. in today saying "we must not be silent. iran are crying out for freedom."
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>> happy new year! great to see everyone again. happy 2018. going to be a great year. but what we wanted to do was that alk about the fact obviously 2017 was a very active year here at the u.n. and we expect a lot of activity this year as well. we're starting off fast and i on a few topics that are now front and center facing the world. in these first days of 20189, urgency of peace, security and freedom being more tested than in iran. by the thousands, iranian citizens are taking to the the ts to protest oppression of their own government. the kes great bravery for iranian people to use the power their r voice against government especially when their government has a long history of
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who ring its own people dare to speak the truth. so we applaud the tremendous iranian people. the government of iran is actively attempting to stop and other forms of communication that allow their citizens' voices to be heard. so we want to help amplify the voices of the iranian people. are some of the messages that they're chanting today. all these brigades have come out to the streets. out against the leader. prisoners must be freed. independence, freedom, iranian republic. gaza nor lebanon, my life only for iran. let go of syria. think of us. we will die but we'll take iran back. don't be afraid. don't be afraid. we're all together.
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and in reference to the supreme "feel some shame. let go of the country." those are not my words. those are not the words of the united states. the words of the brave people of iran. now, the iranian dictatorship is do what it always does which is to say that the iran'ss were designed by enemies. we all know that's complete nonsense. demonstrations are completely spontaneous. they are virtually in every city iran. this is the precise picture of a long oppressed people rising up their dictators. the international community has role to play on this. the freedoms that are enshrined charter ited nations are under attack in iran. dozens have already been killed. hundreds have been arrested. if the iranian dictatorship's
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guide, we can expect more outrageous abuses in come.ays to the u.n. must speak out. in the days ahead, we will be sessionfor an emergency both here in new york and at the geneva.ghts council in we must not be silenced. the people of iran are crying freedom. all freedom loving people must stand with their cause. the international community made the mistake of failing to do that in 2009. we must not make that mistake again. crisis ond matter, the in north korea will continue to have our attention in 2018. finished december with our third strong sanctions resolution of last year. that was a great achievement. but there is more to do to full implementation of the security council resolutions. reports that north korea might be preparing for another missile test.
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i hope that does not happen. but if it does, we must bring ven more measures to bear on the north korean regime. the civilized world must remain and vigilant against the rogue state's development of a nuclear arsenal. we will never accept a nuclear north korea. there's one more item i want to mention. ou have all heard that president trump's comments made about pakistan. the administration is withholding $255 million in assistance to pakistan. there are clear reasons for this. pakistan has played a double game for years. they work with us at times, and they also harbor the terrorists in attack our troops afghanistan. that game is not acceptable to administration. we expect far more cooperation from pakistan in the fight against terrorism. the president is willing to go o great lengths to stop all
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funding from pakistan as they continue to harbor and support terrorism. and that brings me to my final point. pakistan aid issue is not connected to the vote we had jerusalem. it is entirely connected to pakistan's harboring of terrorists. as i said in december, we won't forget the jerusalem vote. night, we d, tomorrow are having a reception for the countries who chose not to u.s. position. this is a great sign of u.s. friendship and i look forward to tomorrow evening. to see more of this in 2018. asked to states has do a huge amount around the world. and we're happy to do that. we expect to be treated respectfully in return. i wish all of you a good 2018. i'll take a couple of questions. thank you, ambassador. what do -- which u.n. body in ew york do you want to handle
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iran? to do what? >> right now, i think we'll have onversations with the security council and see what we need to do to have an emergency session. one way or another, we'll have a meeting of what's happening in iran with the protests and their freedom.r >> yes. >> thank you, ambassador. margaret with voice of america. ambassador, in light of the protests, is there any unilateral action the united to take against iran and also, here at the plan to council, do you hold iran accountable on another front, perhaps through the yemen sanctions committee for the missiles that they fired in arabia. you had that presentation last month, right? >> there's no unilateral plans at this time that have come from administration. what i can tell you is we are absolutely going to move forward missiles. you will see us look at esolution 2231 carefully and see what needs to be changed so that we can put a stop to the
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ballistic ting of missiles. yes? joseph, canada free press. maintain its present level of funding of the agency for works palestinian refugees in light of the general assembly jerusalem the ution pushed by palestinians and the palestinian u.n. representative's threat to "all the weapons we have in the u.n." the president has basically said he doesn't want to give any additional funding until the ding palestinians are agreeing to come back to the negotiation table. saw with the resolution was not helpful to the situation. for a peace to move process. but if that doesn't happen, the president is not going to continue to fund that situation. >> yes. thank you, madam -- ambassador.
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ow, you're so strong when it comes to the freedom and dignity of the iranian people. yet, you have different meaning of freedom and dignity when it comes to the palestinian people. who have been brutalized for over 50 but you have a different meaning when it comes to the palestinian people who have been brutalized for 50 years of occupation. the second question, what made you believe you are on the right side of history, when you stood alone against 14 members? you only found countries next to you? what made you believe you on the right side of history? amb. haley: i stood proudly even if i was the only hand in the security council, to fight for the will of the people of the united states. they wanted to see the embassy moved. we very much want to have a peace process. nothing changes with that. as of now they are not coming to the table. as of now, they are not coming to the table but they asked for aid.
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we are not giving aid. we are going to make sure they come to the table. we want to move forward with the peace process. one last question. >> thank you. regarding north korea, have you heard reports about south korea proposing talks with north korea, can you give your reaction to that? about these talks, does it affect any of your policies? amb. haley: we won't take any of the talks seriously if they don't do something to ban all nuclear weapons in north korea. we consider this a reckless regime. we don't think we need a band-aid and we don't think we need to smile and take a picture. we think we need to have them stop nuclear weapons and they need to stop it now. north korea can talk with anyone they want but the u.s. is not going to recognize it until they agreed to ban the nuclear weapons they have. thank you very much.
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>> tonight on c-span, a look at defense funding and readiness. military and elected officials as well as defense industry executives talk about the equipment and people required for current and possible future conflicts around the world. here is a preview. >> we are obviously going to defend ourselves against nuclear north korea and if, got for bid, iran becomes a nuclear weapon state, we will defend ourselves against them too. we will continue fighting terrorists, unfortunately. we have europe and asia, as congressman gallagher has been saying, areas we have not monday seeing dominated by another hostile power. we will continue to do that. as congressman gallagher has beenwe are going r ambitions in the middle east.
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god knows, i would love for the region to return to the obscurity it richly deserves but that is not going to happen. it is going to continue to impose itself on us. i think we are talking about risk and/or resources. when we talk about resources, i think everyone automatically goes to the issue of ok, budget, the top line, how do we increase it? it is also intellectual resources. how do we think about fighting these potential conflicts in the future differently? >> more of the interview with the deputy defense secretary patrick shanahan at 8 p.m. eastern tonight on c-span. conversation on the legacy of former president bill clinton with former white house chief of staff john podesta. on c-span3 at 8:00, a review of the receer