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USA ready for talks with North Korea 'without preconditions', says Rex Tillerson

13 December, 2017, 06:39 | Author: Kristen Ingram
  • US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson speaks during a forum on US-South Korea relations at the Atlantic Council in Washington DC

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Tuesday the USA would be willing to enter negotiations with North Korea without requiring that it agree beforehand to give up its nuclear weapons program.

"Time will tell what was the impact of our discussions, but I think we have left the door ajar and I fervently hope that the door to a negotiated solution will now be opened wide", Feltman told reporters after briefing the U.N. Security Council on Tuesday.

Tillerson said the U.S.is ready to talk whenever North Korea is. North Korea's exports and its ability to access oil have been affected, Tillerson said, denying it significant revenue streams.

The statement from America's top diplomatic official underscores the urgency of efforts to blunt the threat of an increasingly belligerent North Korea. "We want you to make a different approach".

"It's going to be tough to talk if in the middle of the talk you decide to test a device", Tillerson said.

"Then we can begin to lay out a map, a road map, of what we might be willing to work towards".

"It's not realistic to say we're only going to talk if you come to the table ready to give up your program, and the president is really realistic about that as well". "And the president is very realistic about that as well". "He also said that talks would be hard to sustain in absence of North Korean testing freeze", Reif said.

Tillerson said the results of Trump's policies to defeat ISIS are "quite evident", but that it will be many years before the U.S. and its coalition allies can declare victory.

"The President's views on North Korea have not changed". But given the long record of North Korea's dishonesty in negotiations and repeated violations of global agreements, it is incumbent upon the regime to signal its desire to negotiate in good faith.

US secretary of state Rex Tillerson has said the US State Department does not have any "wins to put on the board" after the first year of the Trump administration.

Trump and Kim have been trading barbs and personal insults for months, with Kim even sentencing Trump to death.

"We're working very diligently on that — building up forces".

Sanders noted that the Trump administration has from the very beginning been very tough on Russian Federation, and has taken steps to put pressure on Moscow.

The apparent shift in Tillerson's thinking came almost two weeks after North Korea said it had successfully tested a new intercontinental ballistic missile in what it called a "breakthrough" that put the United States mainland within range. "I have to understand how do they process, how do they think", he added.

"That's not the path we want to take", Tillerson said.

It appeared to the first public recognition from an administration official that the USA has discussed North Korean contingencies with China, which fought with the North against the U.S.in the 1950-53 Korean War.

It's the first time the USA secretary of state has expressed willingness to talk to the North without preconditions.

Tillerson also warned that the USA military remains prepared if necessary.

"That is our commitment we made to them".

Still, the final goal for the administration has not changed, with the ultimate objective continuing to be the complete and verifiable denuclearization of the Korean peninsula - and Tillerson said he remains optimistic diplomatic efforts can achieve that.

His statement appeared to shift the United States position away from previous demands that North Korea must first disarm. "If such restraint is not forthcoming, we can expect a further escalation of tensions and a growing risk of a catastrophic war".

Tillerson said there were other uncertainties, given that "we are dealing with a new leader in North Korea that no one ever engaged with "He clearly is not like his father, nor is he like his grandfather", he said, referring to North Korea's last two leaders".

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