Tillerson Commends North Korea For Restraint

Bruno Cirelli
Agosto 22, 2017

Tillerson took time out of a press briefing on the USA strategy for Afghanistan to acknowledge that North Korea has exercised restraint since the U.N. Security Council imposed new sanctions on the regime early this month. "They are ready to restrain their level of tensions, they're ready to restrain provocative acts and perhaps we are seeing a pathway to sometime in the near future having some dialogue".

The move followed North Korea's tests of two intercontinental ballistic missiles last month.

"We need to see more on their part but I want to acknowledge the steps they've taken this far".

U.S. President Donald Trump warned North Korea this month it would face "fire and fury" if it threatened the United States.

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Tuesday he is pleased North Korea has refrained from provocations and hopes it is a signal of the regime's willingness to hold talks "sometime in the near future".

Pyongyang has since lobbed harsh rhetoric at the United States, threatening to fire on Guam, but President Donald Trump has hit back fiercely - warning the country would face "fire and fury" from a "locked and loaded" USA military if the Pacific territory or any other ally was struck.

So called six-party talks aimed at persuading North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons programme collapsed in 2008 following a North Korean rocket launch, after which Pyongyang said it was pulling out of a 2005 agreement to freeze the programme.

Earlier this month the United Nations imposed sanctions on North Korea that could slash the Asian state's $3bn annual export revenue by a third over two intercontinental ballistic missile tests in July.

China and Russian Federation backed the U.N. sanctions but have urged the United States to enter dialogue with North Korea in return for a freeze in weapons testing.

North Korea's military said earlier this month that it was planning a strike in the waters near Guam, a USA territory in the Pacific that is home to key military installations.

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