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Tillerson: We will keep the pressure on North Korea
The Secretary of state explained the trump administration’s approach to tensions with the rogue regime.
NEW YORK – Secretary of state, Rex Tillerson on Friday, appeared to backtrack on comments that talk he seemed to be earlier this week, the to resist, and President of the Trump position, as the negotiations with North Korea.
“The President’s policy on North Korea is quite clear, and there is no daylight between the President, the politics, and the pursuit of this policy. And the President, I think, has made it very clear that we take to lead print campaign to unite we, the international community, and we keep the pressure as we can, and increase it where possible,” he said after a un security Council.
Earlier in the week, on Tuesday, Tillerson said he would be open to talk to North Korea about everything. The White house immediately responded by saying that any talks with the hermit Kingdom would be pointless.
But on Friday, Tillerson, sitting only a few metres away from North Korea’s Ambassador to the UN, more energetic. He said that the U. S has the lead in an international campaign was on, the pressure on the North Koreans and, thus, would “unite the international community.”
“North Korea must earn your way back to the table,” Tillerson the foreign Minister said. “The pressure, a campaign must and will continue until the denuclearization is achieved. We are in the between time, the channels of communication open.”
Tillerson noted that the President had called China’s President Xi and asked him to cut off oil supplies to North Korea.
Secretary Tillerson speaks to the press
“It is intended to lead to diplomatic talks,” he said. “In the meantime, the President is very clear: Militarily, we will be prepared, in case something should go wrong. And our military is ready.”
The remarks came as North Korea’s Ambassador to the UN blasted Tillerson said that his country is always the world’s “most powerful nuclear and military state.”
In a bizarre speech before the U. N. security Council, Ja Song Nam, North Korea’s Ambassador, called his country’s ballistic missile launch last month, the “big November event.” He called his country a “responsible nuclear power and peace-loving state.”
Yes, the UN-conference called “nothing more than a desperate measure, drawn from the USA, fear of the incredible power of our Republic.”
During the UN-conference, Tillerson said the U.S. remained hopeful that a diplomatic solution could be reached.
Still, he said, the threat is still “United States” the greatest threat to national security.”
“North Korea’s growing capabilities reflect a direct threat to our security and the security of the entire world,” Tillerson said. “We do not consider this claim as an empty threat.”
Tillerson urged the countries not yet taken any measures in order to understand the seriousness of the “serious threat” to say “more can and must be done on the enforcement of the minimum requirements, the resolutions of the security Council addressed to the DRPK.”
The security Council has a meeting sponsored by Japan, in this month, the security Council President, and was under the chairmanship of the country’s foreign Minister, Taro Kono, who has warned the Council of North Korean “to say outrageous act of provocation” against the resolutions of the security Council, relevant UN observer, “they’ve had enough of the situation.”
The reporting of The Associated Press.
Ben Evansky reports for Fox News on the United Nations and international Affairs.
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