Strategic Patience With North Korea Is Over, Says Rex Tillerson

Tillerson further remarked that the message to North Korea “has to be backed up with action, so that they understand we’re serious”. “It’s not our objective to force them into some brash action”, the secretary of state told IJR.

“Let me be very clear: this policy of strategic patience has ended”, Tillerson said.

North Korea recently launched four missiles, with the apparent, and unsuccessful, aim of hitting US airbases in Japan.

Xi said he had maintained sound communications with his USA counterpart Donald Trump through telephone calls and messages and they had agreed that the two countries could be good partners, Xinhua news agency reported.

He visited Japan on Thursday, meeting with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida.

President Donald Trump has also weighed in on the situation in his typically outlandish fashion.

Trump, during his campaign, branded China a currency manipulator, accused it of “raping” the US, and he pledged steep tariffs.

Trump has allayed some of those concerns since taking office.

“President Xi Jinping was receiving the USA secretary of state because China’s top envoy was in Washington last month where he met President Donald Trump”, he said.

Tillerson’s statement comes the week after the first deployment of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) missile defense system in South Korea, and just days after South Korea, the United States, and Japan began naval drills off North Korea.

There was no immediate reaction from North Korea but the country’s top newspaper Rodong Sinmun carried a commentary Saturday threatening to launch a devastating nuclear attack if the U.S. takes military action.

“Certainly, we do not want to, for things to get to military conflict”, Tillerson stated. Administration officials say all options are on the table, including military ones, but signs are that the us for starters wants to see rigorous implementation of existing sanctions against Pyongyang. Image Credit: Lintao Zhang/Pool/Getty ImagesChina to the U.S: “we have to stay committed to diplomatic means”.

Neither side indicated any concrete next steps, and Tillerson did not explicitly back Beijing’s calls for negotiations with North Korea, which Washington has rejected. Kim said the successful engine test signified “a new birth” of North Korea’s rocket industry.

He may struggle, however, to reach a consensus on how to deal with North Korea’s latest missile launches.

“It is unreasonable for the United States to accuse China of doing nothing on the DPRK (North Korea)”, Wang said.

Tillerson also said that China should change its position as the system is purely defensive in nature and is necessary because of the lingering threats from North Korea. Park had been in lockstep with Washington’s efforts to isolate Pyongyang.

As Klingner pointed out, “there are only really so many options with North Korea”, and he noted that “a lot of it is which lane of the road you put greater emphasis on”.

A senior Chinese official told CNN this week that Beijing plans to present its own plan to Tillerson during his visit. China’s foreign minister warned last week that America is on a “collision course” with North Korea.

Pyongyang blames the rest of the world for rising nuclear tensions as the DPRK continues its quest for nuclear missiles capable of striking the USA mainland.

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang on Wednesday called for all parties to return to talks.

On Saturday, China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi urged the United States to take a “cool-headed” approach to North Korea after meeting with Tillerson.

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