U.S. envoy says real dialogue needed with North Korea


U.S. envoy says real dialogue needed with North Korea

Cheryl Sanders
December 16, 2017

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said at an event on Tuesday that he and the White House have been preparing contingency plans for a potential internal collapse of North Korea.

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. He said the United States would be open to talks with the country "without precondition", as long as the North Koreans refrain from testing missiles during negotiations.

Tillerson made his comments during a speech in which he laid out a broad new policy toward North Korea. Yun is in Bangkok as part of a December 11-15 trip that also included a stop in Japan, as Washington seeks to shore up regional support for its "maximum pressure" campaign in response to Pyongyang's increasingly powerful nuclear and ballistic missile tests.

The U.N. chief warned at a ministerial meeting of the U.N. Security Council on Friday that "the risk is being multiplied by misplaced over-confidence, risky narratives and rhetoric, and the lack of communication channels".


He said that with crude oil still flowing into North Korean refineries, the USA also questions China's commitment to "solving an issue that has serious implications for the security of its own citizens".

At a U.N. Security Council meeting in New York, Tillerson appeared to walk back on his earlier statement.

"We should not be coerced by North Korea's continuing provocations, but rather uphold our principles while firmly responding to its reckless behaviors". He urged an immediate re-establishment and strengthening of government and military communications. -South Korean exercises and a halt to North Korean nuclear and missile tests.

Since the spring, the US has run what it calls a "peaceful pressure campaign" against North Korea.


"We can't let that happen", Trump said, although it was unclear what he was referring to.

China's deputy United Nations ambassador Wu Haitao said "the core of the nuclear issue is security".

"The current situation on the (Korean) Peninsula is not caused by any one party alone, and it is not possible to impose on any one party the responsibility of solving the problem", he said.


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