Foreign Minister Rex Tillerson on Tuesday showed a different tone regarding North Korea. He said that America is ready to hold its first meeting with Pyongyang "without pre-requisites." But the US diplomat chief also said there needs to be a quiet period, with no nuclear tests and additional missiles before the talks can begin in earnest.
Foreign Minister Rex Tillerson seems to revive hope for a diplomatic solution to the impasse with North Korea over the country's nuclear program and missile tests. The statement was made in a speech at a forum on Korea at the Atlantic Council, a research institute in Washington, DC, on Tuesday.
"We are ready to talk whenever North Korea wants to speak, and we are ready to hold the first meeting without prerequisites. we meet and let's talk about anything if we want We can talk about the preferred form of meeting, "said Rex Tillerson.
North Korea has conducted a series of ballistic missile tests in recent months, including in late November Pyongyang claims that the American mainland is now within range of its missiles, raising fears of a possible nuclear war disaster on the Korean peninsula Tillerson said that talks can only begin once the missile test is halted.
"If there is a requirement for talks then it is worth noting that it will be difficult talking, if in the middle of the conversation they decide to mengu ji try another device; it would be difficult to negotiate if in the middle of the conversation, they decided to fire the missiles again. So, I think they clearly understand that if we are going to speak, we must have a quiet period, "he explained.
Although he chose what he called" peaceful pressure, "Tillerson said that harsh sanctions and other acts could only succeed because the American military is fully prepared to act if diplomacy fails. He also acknowledged that China has taken steps to prepare for the entry of North Korean refugee masses in the event of "instability" in North Korea.
For years, China's policy towards North Korea has been prioritized to maintain stability in the country. Beijing fears the collapse of the Pyongyang regime will lead to the entry of North Korean refugees. Media reports say China's Changbai District government is now building refugee camps in preparation for North Korean migrants fleeing the possibility of a crisis on the Korean peninsula.
Hours after Tillerson's Foreign Minister's statement put aside the offer of talks without pre-conditions
"The President's view of North Korea has not changed," said White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders. "North Korea acts rashly not only against Japan, China and South Korea but also for the whole world North Korea's actions are bad for any country and certainly not good for North Korea," he added.
At United Nations -Bangsa, Deputy Secretary General for Political Affairs Jeffrey Feltman told reporters that his visit to Pyongyang last week was "constructive and productive."
He met Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho and Vice Foreign Minister Mr. Myong Guk Feltman that he did not ask for a meeting with Kim Jong-un.
Feltman said that he urged them to signal Pyongyang's readiness to consider willingness to discuss possible negotiations but did not get commitment from those North Korean officials. [lt/uh]