Secretary of State Rex Tillerson made a statement amid muddled White House policy on North Korea on Tuesday that seems at odds with other voices in the Trump administration.
Tillerson made the remarks at the US State Department on Tuesday after North Korea tested its second intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) on July 28, the Washington Post reported.
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In a notice posted to the federal register, the State Department said beginning September 1 USA passports will be invalid for travel to or within North Korea, with rare exceptions possibly granted to journalists and aid workers.
Han Chol-Su, a senior North Korea development official, earlier denied that the loss of business would hurt his country's economy. "We do not seek an excuse to send our military north of the 38th Parallel". Some policies and talking points have remained unchanged, the biggest being that negotiations without North Korea committing to denuclearization up-front are a non-starter. "We are not your threat, but you are presenting an unacceptable threat to us and we have to respond".
However, some North Korea watchers worry that inconsistent and opaque messaging from the United States has hamstrung their position when it comes to North Korea, a country which test-fired two long-range missiles in July that could theoretically reach the U.S. mainland. We do not seek a collapse of the regime.
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We certainly don't blame the Chinese for the situation in North Korea.
Tillerson repeated calls for North Korea's neighbor and ally China, which has urged a resumption of talks with Pyongyang, to use its influence to create the conditions for "productive dialogue". Given that, the United States continues to bank on China.
"We see all types of evidence that this is a real and serious nuclear program and missile program".
But he made it clear that there was no possibility of talks if North Korea did not abandon its nuclear programme. "Our other options, obviously, are not particularly attractive", Mr Tillerson said. He said China had a particular role to play, as it accounted for 90 per cent of trade with the Communist nation.
It was the second time in two days that the leadership in the U.S. State Department had contradicted U.S. President Donald Trump's recent rant that China does "do NOTHING for us. just talk" on the Korean Peninsula nuclear issue. "But they will not be allowed to have a missile to hit America with a nuclear weapon on top".
North Korean state media "relentlessly presents Americans in the most negative manner; rapacious, war-mongering, and utterly filled with hatred of the Korean people", Cockerell said.