China's Ambassador Liu Jieyi arrives for consultations of the United Nations Security Council, Wednesday, March 8, 2017. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

US says it has to see 'positive action' from North Korea

March 08, 2017 - 12:52 pm

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley says the United States has to see "some sort of positive action" from North Korea before it can take Kim Jong Un's regime seriously and discuss ways to reduce tensions on the Korean peninsula.

China called earlier Wednesday for North Korea to suspend nuclear and missile activities in exchange for a halt in joint military exercises by the U.S. and North Korea.

Haley said the exercises are defensive and have been held for 40 years.

She told reporters after emergency closed consultations of the Security Council later Wednesday that the North Korean leader is not "a rational person" taking rational actions.

Haley said the United States is re-evaluating its dealings with North Korea "and we will act accordingly."

"We're not ruling anything out and we're considering every option that's on the table," she said.

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