Rex Tillerson to meet with Canadian cabinet on Korea crisis

Frederick Owens
December 16, 2017

Tillerson made his comments during a speech in which he laid out a broad new policy toward North Korea.

The White House had responded to Mr Tillerson's remarks earlier in the week by insisting there has been no change in United States policy, triggering a new round of reports of a rift between President Donald Trump and his chief diplomat.

"We do not seek, nor do we want, war with North Korea", Tillerson said.

North Korea's latest missile test, which US experts say indicated an increasing technological sophistication, did not demonstrate an imminent threat of nuclear attack on the United States, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Friday. "We are open to dialogue and we hope they will agree to have a dialogue", said Yun at the end of a two-nation tour that also included a stop in Tokyo.

Tillerson said his main concern is North Korean nuclear weapons falling into the hands of non-state actors.

It is a U-turn from comments made earlier this week, when Mr Tillerson said the United States was "ready to talk any time time North Korea would like to talk". We do not accept a freeze for freeze as a precondition to talks.

The remarks came two weeks after North Korea tested a new intercontinental ballistic missile, which it said could carry a nuclear weapon to all parts of the USA mainland.

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"We're still doing the forensic analysis", he added, apparently referring to intelligence agencies' study of imagery of the flight of the missile and its payload, which presumably included a mock warhead. "North Korea's actions are not good for anyone and certainly not good for North Korea".

The State Department website posted a transcript of Tillerson's remarks at the UN Security Council Ministerial Meeting on D.P.R.K after the meeting.

US President Donald Trump vowed "it won't happen" after North Korean said in January is was in the final stages of developing a nuclear weapon capable of reaching the United States.

"We would like to have Russia's help, very important", he continued.

Meanwhile Kim Jong Un vowed to develop more nuclear weapons on Tuesday while personally decorating scientists and officials who contributed to the development of Pyongyang's most advanced intercontinental ballistic missile, the Hwasong-15.

Feltman met with North Korea's Foreign Minister Ri Yong-Ho and Vice Foreign Minister Pak Myong-Kuk during his four-day visit to Pyongyang - the first by a high-ranking United Nations official since 2011.

China and Russian Federation argue that sanctions alone will not compel North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un to change course and want to step up diplomatic efforts to achieve a solution.

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