Haley: Trump ‘has to speak up’ on ‘very paranoid’ Kim Jong Un

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki HaleyNimrata (Nikki) HaleyHaley: 'Open question' if US athletes will attend Olympics amid North Korea tensions Haley: Trump isn't deciding who controls east Jerusalem Emergency UN Security Council meeting called after Trump's Jerusalem announcement: report MORE said on Wednesday it is imperative that President Trump publicly speak up about North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in light of Trump's fiery debut speech at the U.N. General Assembly on Tuesday. 

"You've got a very paranoid leader who is determined to show his strength, who is determined to threaten his neighbors and threaten the United States, and I think the president has to speak up. He has to speak up on behalf of the American people and on behalf of our allies and our friends," Haley told NBC's Matt Lauer on "Today." 

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Haley's comments come after the president delivered his first speech before the U.N., in which he threatened to "destroy" North Korea if the U.S. and its allies were ever forced to defend themselves in the face of Pyongyang. 

"I think what you saw was the president responding to North Korea's ballistic missile testing, their nuclear bomb tests, and their threats that they're going to reduce the United States to ashes, as well as destroy Japan," Haley said. 

"So what you saw was a very firm response to the Kim regime that they need to back off and he had the entire international community with him," she continued. 

Pyongyang has put the international community on notice after conducting a slew of intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) tests over the past few months, including two that flew into Japanese airspace. 

North Korea announced earlier this month that it had successfully developed a hydrogen bomb that it hopes to place on an ICBM.

In an interview earlier Wednesday, Haley defended Trump's term "rocket man" to refer to Kim, saying it is generating discussion among world leaders.  

"This is a way of ... getting people to talk about him, but every other international community is referring to him as rocket man," she continued.