"And how these or other actions of the USA on the global arena are seen, well, you probably will draw your own conclusions." he said.
Tillerson declined to comment on whether the White House is considering limited military action against Pyongyang, in response to reports that some in the Trump administration advocate military action to give the North a "bloody nose". The Korean War marked the very first major armed conflict after the end of the Second World War and in the nuclear age.
Canada, the United States, France, United Kingdom, Australia and most of the European and Asian continents have made clear North Korea must stop all nuclear and long-range missile programs.
Asked about a pre-emptive strike against North Korea - "a limited, pre-emptive attack to show the North that the United States means business", Reuters wrote - Trump said: "We're playing a very, very hard game of poker and you don't want to reveal your hand".
North Korea is a mafia state that funds its illicit pursuits through foreign shell companies, bank cyber heists and arms exports. The meeting convened days after a mistaken missile alert caused panic on Hawaii, a stark reminder of the fears of conflict with the North.
(1) I am organizing a congressional letter to President Trump calling for military-to-military communication with North Korea to avoid misunderstandings.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un had, in his New Year's address, offered the South an olive branch. "The rhetoric has personalized it but I don't think it is the reason".More news: Government Shuts Down As Congress Fails To Reach Spending Agreement
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Families of Japanese individuals suspected to have been abducted by North Korea called on the worldwide community Friday to support their struggle to find out the fates of their loved ones ahead of their visit to the global Criminal Court next week.
The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA )-the UN's watchdog charged with monitoring Iran's nuclear activities-has previously said that Tehran has been in compliance with the nuclear deal.
Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono was blunter.
Twice in 2017, North Korea launched missiles over Japan, missiles that could have hit population centers, the secretary said.
The worldwide community must build on the "small signs of hope" from the recent contacts between the two Koreas to pursue diplomacy and denuclearize the Korean Peninsula, the United Nations chief said. After meeting with Syria's United Nations ambassador, Lavrov told reporters that the USA attempt to establish local forces in northern Syria contradicts a commitment to maintain the country's territorial integrity.
The News Lens has been authorized to publish this article from Policy Forum - Asia and the Pacific's platform for public policy analysis, opinion, debate, and discussion. But the president warned that the USA would pull out in a few months unless "terrible flaws" in the deal are fixed. However, the two major powers in the region, China, and Russian Federation were conspicuously absent in the meeting.