Trump administration in favour of talks with North Korea: Tillerson

Bruno Cirelli
Agosto 2, 2017

Tillerson's comments appeared to be meant to manage the spiraling tension amid rising calls among some scholars in Washington for a regime change and a military operation, among others.

"Unless something really extreme is done North Korea will end up with that missile and nuclear capability that they want".

When taken together, it said, these developments are concerning because North Korea says it is trying to develop a missile capable of delivering a nuclear warhead to the United States.

"If there's going to be a war to stop [North Korea], it will be over there. And he has told me that to my face", the Republican lawmaker said in an interview with NBC's "Today".

While claiming that "only the North Koreans are to blame for this situation", Tillerson once again voiced Washington's long-standing position that China should pressure its neighbor to halt its nuclear ambitions.

"It would also result in millions of casualties and trillions of dollars in economic damage, perhaps triggering a worldwide depression", said Joel Wit, senior fellow at the US-Korea Institute at the School of Advanced International Studies, part of Johns Hopkins University. "We'll adapt to it", he replied. "Whatever the president chooses to express, he expresses, and then that's information to everybody, us included".

"I am very disappointed in China", he tweeted.

But the current United States intelligence assessment is that the missile programme aboard submarines remains in the very early stages, it said. "China could easily solve this problem", Trump thundered on Twitter on Saturday.

Sanders said the president "has been very outspoken about the need to stop North Korea".

He said the US felt the first appropriate thing to do was to seek peaceful pressure on the regime in North Korea to have them develop a willingness to sit and talk with America and others but with an understanding that a condition of those talks is there is no future where North Korea holds nuclear weapons or the ability to deliver those nuclear weapons to anyone in the region much less to the homeland.

Frank Jannuzi, president and CEO of the Mansfield Foundation, agreed, saying "the idea that they can't be deterred is fueled by the assumption the North Koreans are insane, which they are not".

The Foreign Ministry has also noted that Ukraine joins all those countries that favored the imposition of additional sanctions in order to return North Korea to the global legal field. Lately, Washington has been insisting that Russian Federation and China wrapped up the bulk of their economic cooperation with Pyongyang.

Despite Trump's open criticism, the secretary also stressed that the administration is not seeking to "blame" Beijing for the situation in North Korea, though it has a "special unique relationship" and "significant economic activity to influence the North Korean regime in ways that no one else can". In response, Beijing warned the USA against issuing such remarks.

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.

U.S. President Donald Trump and his security team had focused on working with China, the North's key trading partner, to fully implement sanctions.

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