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US Secretary Of State Softens Approach To North Korean Aggression

14 December 2017, 10:44 | Colleen Roy

US Secretary Of State Softens Approach To North Korean Aggression

US Secretary Of State Softens Approach To North Korean Aggression

The US State Department said its policy on North Korea "has not changed", following remarks by secretary of state Rex Tillerson that Washington is ready to talk without prior conditions.

But Mr Tillerson, speaking in Washington, said: "We're ready to have the first meeting without preconditions". "Let's just meet. And then we can begin to lay out a road map of what we might be willing to work towards".

To this end, Tillerson has overseen a global diplomatic effort to isolate Pyongyang and stifle its economy through United Nations sanctions and, ultimately, the threat of USA military force. In two public appearances Tuesday, he warned that these efforts would continue until "the first bomb drops" and that Washington "simply can not accept a nuclear-armed North Korea ". The spokesman was referring to North Korea's recent test of the new Hwasong-15 intercontinental ballistic missile, which can theoretically strike anywhere in the continental U.S.

"We need DPRK to come to the table for talks".

"We are ready to have the first meeting without precondition", Tillerson said.




According to The Times of Israel, he made a similar statement last week: "this is not something that is going to happen this year or probably not next year but the president does want us to move in a very concrete, very steadfast way to ensure the embassy is located in Jerusalem when we're able to do so, at the earliest possible time".

"It's going to be tough to talk if in the middle of our talks you decide to test another device". "Because of the situation, the president has ordered our military planners to have a full range of contingencies available, and they are ready".

"The administration is united in insisting that any negotiations with North Korea must wait until the regime fundamentally improves its behavior", the official said. Trump in October had told Tillerson that he is "wasting his time" trying to negotiate with the North. Russian Federation and China have the relatively closest diplomatic relations with the insular state of North Korea.

The UK Guardian notes that Tillerson's comments could be interpreted as a final effort to get the North Koreans talking before doom comes to Pyongyang.



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