United States willing to talk to N. Korea: Tillerson

05 August, 2017, 00:33 | Author: Malcolm Fuller
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The secretary also urged China to do more to rein in Pyongyang.

The United States, North Korea, China, Russia, South Korea and Japan are all sending high level delegations to the annual regional security summit, organized by the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) that includes Indonesia, the Philippines, Vietnam and Malaysia.

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North Korea is rapidly advancing it capability to target the US mainland or anywhere in the world with a nuclear armed intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM). South Korea in particular is taking steps, with support from the USA, to defend itself against the threat.

While the test revealed re-entry technology problems, the program is advancing faster than previously expected, and some say North Korea is less than a year away from developing a verifiable miniaturized nuclear warhead to fit on an ICBM. "But they will not be allowed to have a missile to hit America with a nuclear weapon on top". "So that's really the objective", he said.

Trump had emphasized that point as he courted Chinese President Xi Jinping during a state visit and pressured Beijing to use its influence on Pyongyang. Trump notably sided with Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates and Egypt in their dispute with Qatar at a time Tillerson sought to mediate.

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U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Tuesday that the U.S.is willing to talk with North Korea - but only if North Korea gives up its pursuit of nuclear weapons.

In June, a U.S. student who had been jailed in North Korea for allegedly trying to steal a propaganda banner from his hotel was returned to the United States in a coma and died days later.

"We are trying to convey to the North Koreans we are not your enemy, we are not your threat, but you are presenting an unacceptable threat to us, and we have to respond", he said.

Tillerson said the U.S. did not think of having a dialogue where the North Koreans come to the table assuming they are going to maintain their nuclear weapons is productive.

"We do not seek a regime change. If we know about it, it's going to be sunk because opposition will grow to it", said Thayer.

The Trump administration policy on North Korea has been to ratchet up the pressure on Pyongyang with sanctions in order to push them to the negotiating table.


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