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Haley 'Iranian people are now finding their voice'

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US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley praised Iranian protesters Tuesday, adding that the US is seeking an emergency Security Council meeting in NY and the Human Rights Council in Geneva regarding Iran.

"The people of Iran are crying out for freedom", Haley said at a news conference. "All freedom-loving people must stand with their cause", Nikki Haley told reporters at the UN's NY headquarters.

Haley said that there were reports that North Korea might be preparing a new missile test launch in the coming days and threatened "even tougher measures" against the regime if he carried out the test.

She directly addressed Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei's contention that "enemies of Iran" had fomented the protests, arguing that his statement is "complete nonsense".

"In these first days of 2018, nowhere is the urgency of peace, security and freedom being more tested than in Iran", she said.

This is unedited, unformatted feed from the Press Trust of India wire. "We're trying to move for a peace process but if that doesn't happen the president is not going to continue to fund that situation".

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South Korea today offered talks with North Korea next week amid a standoff over its weapons programmes.

In addition to her comments on Iran, Haley doubled down on President Donald Trump's decision to withhold more than $250 million in aid from Pakistan until its government does more to fight jihadists in the region.

"The global community failed to do that in 2009", she added, referring to Iran's Green Revolution. "We expect that the rights to peaceful assembly and expression of the Iranian people will be respected", Farhan Haq told reporters.

Trump added more fuel to the fire on Twitter by saying that the United States pays "hundreds of millions dollars a year" to the Palestinians and that Jerusalem, "the toughest part of the negotiation", is "off the table".

"The Palestinians now have to show their will - they want to come to the table". Well, we're watching those votes. "They work with us at times, and they also harbour the terrorists that attack our troops in Afghanistan".

"The civilized world must remain united and vigilant against the rogue state's development of a nuclear arsenal". She also condemned North Korean aggression, saying the USA will never accept a nuclear Pyongyang.

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