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Nikki Haley was confirmed as ambassador to the United Nations, sending a rising Republican star to represent President Donald Trump at an institution he has criticized. Haley sent another shiver through America's allies on January 27, warning them that if they do not have Washington's back, she is "taking names" and will respond. During her confirmation hearing, the 45-year-old promised to press for U.N. reforms but also fight for human rights and support international institutions, often breaking from Trump's positions. Haley called for a close look at U.S. spending on the United Nations and blasted what she called its bias against Israel. Washington provides 22 percent of the U.N. budget. The United States and its frequent rivals Russia and China all hold permanent seats on the U.N. Security Council, along with U.S. allies Britain and France. Haley won plaudits at her hearing for promising to stand up to Russia and agreeing that its actions, including bombing hospitals in Syria, should be considered war crimes. The daughter of immigrants from India, Haley attracted national attention in 2015 when as South Carolina governor she secured the removal of the Confederate battle flag from South Carolina's capitol grounds after a white supremacist killed nine black churchgoers in Charleston. She did not endorse Trump during last year's presidential primaries and has warned that some of his most inflammatory statements promoted hate. REUTERS/Stephanie Keith

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UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Washington's ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said on Wednesday the United States was re-evaluating how it must deal with North Korea after that country's repeated missile tests and that "all options are on the table."

Asked about China's proposal that the North freeze its testing while the United States and South Korea suspend military drills, Haley said, "We have to see some sort of positive action taken by North Korea before we can ever take them seriously."

(Reporting by Michelle Nicholas and David Alexander; Writing by Doina Chiacu; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama)

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