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World UN envoy says no change in US position on North Korea talks

19:25  07 january  2018
19:25  07 january  2018 Source:   ap.org

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US President Donald Trump's UN ambassador says the administration hasn't changed its conditions regarding talks with North Korea amid growing But Haley insisted that Trump was reiterating his past position in his comments from Camp David over the weekend. "There is no turnaround," she said .

FILE - In this Friday, Sept. 15, 2017, file photo, a man watches a TV screen showing a file footage of North Korea's missile launch and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, at the Seoul Railway Station in Seoul, South Korea. With little time to spare, North and South Korea are preparing to discuss Kim Jong Un’s offer to send a delegation to next month’s Winter Olympics. The signs read © The Associated Press FILE - In this Friday, Sept. 15, 2017, file photo, a man watches a TV screen showing a file footage of North Korea's missile launch and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, at the Seoul Railway Station in Seoul, South Korea. With little time to spare, North and South Korea are preparing to discuss Kim Jong Un’s offer to send a delegation to next month’s Winter Olympics. The signs read "South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff said the missile traveled about 3,700 kilometers." (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon, File)

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump's U.N. ambassador says the administration hasn't changed its conditions regarding talks with North Korea amid growing tensions over the North's nuclear and missile programs.

Ambassador Nikki Haley is making clear North Korean leader Kim Jong Un (kim jawng oon) would first need to stop weapons testing.

Trump said on Saturday that he was open to talking to Kim.

Haley tells ABC's "This Week" that there's "no turnaround" in the U.S. position. She says Trump was reiterating "a lot of things have to happen before that actually takes place."

Haley points to a stop to testing as well as discussion about banning the North's nuclear weapons.

Koreas agree to hold Olympics talks on Wednesday, Seoul says .
<p>North and South Korea agreed to hold working talks on Wednesday on the North sending athletes to next month's Winter Olympics in the South, Seoul's unification ministry said, as months-long tensions over the North's weapons programs ease.</p>The North asked for the meeting to be held at Peace House on the South Korean side of the truce village of Panmunjom in the demilitarized zone that divides the two Koreas, the ministry said in a statement.

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