Tillerson addresses North Korea threat after UN Security Council meeting


WASHINGTON-U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will meet Canadian cabinet members during a visit to Ottawa next week where he will discuss a variety of global issues, including the North Korea nuclear crisis.

Joseph Yun told reporters in Bangkok that the talks could take place without preconditions and would serve Washington's dual approach of pressure and engagement on Pyongyang over its nuclear program.

"The primary point was to talk about North Korea, because we would love to have his help on North Korea. We can talk about the weather if you want".

He said: "Our communication channels remain open".

"Let's see how they respond".

China, Pyongyang's sole ally, and Russian Federation argue that sanctions alone will not push North Korea to change course and want to step up diplomatic efforts to achieve a solution.

As such, he said he has insight into Trump's mindset on North Korea.

It appeared to be a reversal on his comments from earlier this week that there will be no preconditions to starting talks.

Rex Tillerson
GETTYMr Tillerson also revealed the US would continue to tighten its grip on North Korea

BORIS Johnson has warned Tory MPs that North Korea could hit London with a missile in as little as six months.

According to a prepared version of his remarks, Tillerson had planned to repeat his offer of talks without preconditions, but the line was dropped from his speech.

"We believe that more can and must be done beyond enforcing the minimum requirements of Security Council Resolutions", Tillerson said.

North Korea is "a responsible nuclear power and a peace-loving state" that will strive to safeguard world peace, he said, making no mention of the U.S. call for a pause in missile and nuclear tests. "We would like to have Russia's help", said Mr Trump, who discussed North Korea by phone with President Vladimir Putin on Thursday. As I said earlier this week, a sustained cessation of North Korea's threatening behavior must occur before talks can begin.

The Trump administration has said it would be willing to engage in diplomatic talks with Kim's government under the right conditions.

China's ambassador echoed Russia's rebukes.

"Similarly, as Chinese crude oil flows to North Korean refineries, the United States questions China's commitment to solving an issue that has serious implications for the security of its own citizens", he added.

Each UN member state must fully implement all existing UN Security Council resolutions.... Guterres said he was concerned about "unintended escalation or miscalculation", which he said was being increased by "misplaced confidence, unsafe narratives and the lack of communications channels".

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