Military action is an option for dealing with N. Korea, Tillerson says
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published: March 18, 2017
SEOUL, South Korea – U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said military action is one of several options on the table for dealing with North Korea but Washington hopes to avoid that.
Tillerson suggested the United States will adopt a tougher approach, saying the Obama administration’s efforts had failed to stop Pyongyang from pursuing a nuclear weapons program.
“Let me be very clear, the policy of strategic patience has ended. We’re exploring a new range of diplomatic security and economic measures,” he said during a joint news conference after visiting the heavily militarized border that divides the peninsula. “All options are on the table.”
He offered few details, but said military action had not been ruled out.
“Certainly we do not want … for things to get to military conflict,” he said. But he added that “if they elevate the threat of their weapons program to a level that we believe requires action, then that option’s on the table.”
South Korea was the second stop on Tillerson’s debut trip to Asia as secretary of state. He arrived earlier Friday from Japan and planned to travel to China on Saturday.
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