Tillerson presses China to put squeeze on North Korea


To avoid a Chinese veto, U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley agreed to soften the resolution to reduce oil exports to Pyongyang but not cut them off completely.

Including China and Russian Federation, the top U.S. diplomat called on all nations to take "new measures" against North Korea over its launch early Friday local time of what the U.S. Pacific Command said appeared to be an intermediate-range ballistic missile.

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson delivers remarks to the employees at the State Department in Washington, U.S., May 3, 2017.

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called on all nations, including China and Russian Federation, to step up pressure on North Korea following its latest missile launch Thursday.

Tillerson says it was going to be "very difficult" to get China to agree to an oil embargo.

Tillerson condemned the launch, which followed the August 29 test-firing of a missile that also flew over Hokkaido and Pyongyang's sixth and most powerful nuclear test on September 3 as part of its efforts to develop a nuclear-tipped missile that could reach the USA mainland.

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"I share that view", Tillerson said in London during a joint press conference with British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson. Still he's urging China as a "great country and a world power" to use its leverage as the supplier of virtually all North Korea's oil.

These continued provocations only deepen North Korea's diplomatic and economic isolation, he added.

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Russia's foreign ministry on Tuesday said Beijing and Moscow had succeeded in "revising the U.S.'s super-hard resolution, which focused on defoliating North Korea's economy and risked catastrophic humanitarian influence on North Korea".