May 14, 2017 / 2:46 PM / 3 months ago

U.S. UN envoy Haley: N. Korea missile launch due to 'state of paranoia'

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley speaks during a press briefing at the White House in Washington, U.S., April 24, 2017.Joshua Roberts/Files

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said on Sunday that North Korea's latest ballistic missile launch stemmed from its leader Kim Jong Un's "state of paranoia" following South Korea's recent election.

The United States will continue to "tighten the screws" on North Korea with international pressure and possible new sanctions, Haley said on ABC's "This Week."

The launch was "getting close to home" for Russia, Haley said, adding that it was not a way for Kim Jong Un to earn a meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump.

Reporting by Dustin Volz; Editing by Jeffrey Benkoe

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