Tillerson says US wants North Korea dialogue 'at some point'

Bruno Cirelli
Agosto 3, 2017

The secretary said the administration pursued a campaign of "peaceful pressure" on Pyongyang in the hopes that the regime would want to sit and talk about its nuclear program.

"I don't expect to see that happen", Thornton told reporters ahead of Tillerson's trip.

Nevertheless, the test did come in the wake of North Korea's recent unprovoked and provocative attempts to gain the nuclear capability of necessary to attack the continental United States.

Describing last Friday's Hwasong-14 launch, the second test of an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) by North Korea in the last month, as "another big gift package to the U.S.", Rodong said that the focus of U.S. policy should now be "guaranteeing the security of the U.S. mainland".

The White House maintains that "all options are on the table" with regard to dealing with North Korea.

Trump has also spoken to its ally Japan over the latest North Korean missile test.

They "strongly condemned the North Korean launch of the ICBM-class missile as a clear and flagrant violation of multiple United Nations Security Council resolutions", the South Korean side stated in comments carried by local news agency Yonhap.

On the eve of a trip to South-east Asia to attend the Asean Regional Forum in Manila, Mr Tillerson struck a conciliatory note.

It does not seek any regime change in North Korea. "We do not seek an accelerated reunification of the peninsula".

The US president is "wrong" in assuming that China can handle the North Korean crisis single-handedly, Chinese state media says, responding to Donald Trump's remarks accusing China of "doing nothing" for the US over Pyongyang.

He said the USA was seeking to pressure North Korea's regime peacefully, but he emphasized that Washington would never allow it to have the ability "to deliver those nuclear weapons to anyone in the region, much less to the homeland".

"We should certainly go after them", said Schumer in a statement.

A war with North Korea would be catastrophic.

"We will no longer allow this to continue", he added.

U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) Robert Lighthizer would then initiate an investigation under the Trade Act of 1974's Section 301, which allows the president to unilaterally impose tariffs or other trade restrictions to protect U.S. industries, the sources said.

The Trump administration announced that ban last month over concerns about detention of Americans who travel to the North. He said the U.S. is ready to have a word with North Korea only if the communist party is ready to give up its pursuit of nuclear weapons.

China hit back, saying that primary responsiblity for resolving the crisis rests with North Korea and the United States. "We do not seek the collapse of the regime", Tillerson said in a surprise appearance at a State Department press briefing.

United States officials have steadily condemned North Korea's missile tests, which are a violation of global law.

That drew a sharp reaction from Moscow. Beijing has said its influence on North Korea is limited.

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