ASEAN Summit to Focus on North Korea Nuclear Threat

Jerome Frank
August 5, 2017

However the U.S. Secretary of State Tillerson on Tuesday sounded a more reassuring tone, saying the U.S. does not blame China for the situation in North Korea and reaffirmed that Washington does not seek regime change in Pyongyang. I believe him. If I were China, I would believe him, too, and do something about it. "We are not your threat, but you are presenting an unacceptable threat to us, and we have to respond", he said.

It's not clear whether President Trump was on board with Tillerson's conditions.

Asked about the SC senator's suggestion, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said Trump has been "very outspoken" about "keeping all options on the table".

There is no United States embassy or consulate in North Korea.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson urged continued "peaceful pressure" on North Korea, even as one Republican senator ratcheted up talk of war.

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North Korea has said through its state media that Warmbier's death was "a mystery" and dismissed accusations that he had died as a result of torture and beating in captivity. China can "influence the North Korean regime in ways that no one else can", he said. Trump has said that Iran is violating the "spirit" of the agreement by engaging in activities, including testing missiles and military adventurism in the region, not covered by the agreement. Speaking last month at an annual security forum in the Aspen, Colorado, CIA Director Mike Pompeo said "it would be a great thing to denuclearize the peninsula, to get those weapons off of that, but the thing that is most unsafe about it is the character who holds the control over them today".

In his rare appearance before reporters at the State Department, Tillerson defended his efforts to translate Trump's "American First" slogan into a foreign policy that can engage other nations. His visit to Bangkok will be the first by a USA secretary of state since before the military seized power in a 2014 coup.

Perhaps wary because of these experiences, Tillerson declined to say whether the Trump administration would continue to back the deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, which trades sanctions relief for a rollback of Iran's nuclear program. He suggested the Trump administration may not continue to find Iran is in compliance with the multinational accord.

North Korea called his death a "mystery". Exceptions can be granted to professional journalists, Red Cross representatives, and others with "compelling humanitarian" reasons or a travel request that is "in the national interest".

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