Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Friday that a nuclear strike against North Korea is an option that remains “on the table”.
In an interview with Fox News (http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/03/17/tillerson-refuses-to-rule-out-nuclearization-asian-allies-to-keep-north-korea-in-check.html), Tillerson said nuclear action may be what’s necessary to wane the rogue nation’s acts of aggression.
“We’re exchanging views,” Tillerson said. “Nothing has been taken off the table”.
Tillerson, who has been vocal about the failing impact of diplomacy against the communist country, told South Korean Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se that a new tactic has become necessary.
“Let me be very clear: the policy of strategic patience has ended,” Tillerson told Byung-se in a meeting this week in Seoul. “If they elevate the threat of their weapons program to a level we believe requires action that option is on the table.”
Tillerson also made it clear that, unlike the Obama administration, the Trump administration is unwilling to engage in further talk until North Korea lives up to it’s prior commitments to peace.
Negotiations “can only be achieved by denuclearizing, giving up their weapons of mass destruction,” he said — an agreement that North Korea committed to in 1992 but has continued to violate. “Only then will we be prepared to engage them in talks.”
Tillerson’s tough talk to North Korea was echoed by president Trump Friday afternoon on Twitter.
“North Korea is behaving very badly,” the president tweeted. “They have been “playing” the United States for years. China has done little to help!”
Tillerson is next headed to China where he hopes to discuss coordinated efforts to halt North Korea’s advancing nuclear programs.