Trump administration in favour of talks with North Korea: Tillerson

Posted August 04, 2017

It could be an opportune moment for a diplomatic breakthrough on Pyongyang's nuclear and missile programs, which have been causing massive headaches for US President Donald Trump.

"They are trying out various options and they have been contradictory on almost every policy that they have tried on or tried out".

South East Asian diplomatic sources told AFP that Tillerson had lobbied U.S. allies to exclude North Korea from the ASEAN regional forum, which meets to discuss Asia-Pacific security issues alongside ASEAN talks. However, the recent Chinese-Russian "double freezing" initiative - suggesting that North Korea stops its ballistic missile and nuclear activities while the United States and its allies halt war games in the region - has been rejected by Washington.

Last week, Kim boasted that North Korea could attack any target in the U.S. after carrying out its latest intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) test.

"The way that the message is coming out, it's a bit confusing on the surface of it", said Dr. John Park, the director of the Korea Working Group and a professor at Harvard University's Kennedy School.

Trump has also spoken to its ally Japan over the latest North Korean missile test.

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Reuters news agency reports that North Korea is holding two Korean-American academics and a missionary, a Canadian pastor and three South Korean nationals who were doing missionary work.

Phrases such as "all options are on the table" and "the era of strategic patience is over" are common refrains from Trump's team, but there have been a dearth of specifics.

The preview says that in addition to journalists and humanitarian workers, Americans whose travel to North Korea "is otherwise in the national interest" will be considered for exemptions.

"If there's going to be a war to stop [North Korea], it will be over there".

"He has told me that. China has ways that they can put pressure on and influence the North Korean regime because of this significant economic relationship that no one else has", he said. "The comments were extremely irresponsible".

"The Secretary has authorized the restriction due to the serious and mounting risk of arrest and long-term detention of US citizens under North Korea's system of law enforcement", the statement read. "We do not seek regime change".

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"We're not your enemy", Rex Tillerson said, adding that the USA wanted a dialogue at some point.

USA nationals will be barred from traveling to North Korea starting September 1 unless they have a special reason, the State Department confirmed Wednesday. "We would like to sit and have a dialogue about the future".

Thornton confirmed that Washington is seeking to further isolate Pyongyang, but admitted that there had not been time to convince its regional allies to update the guest list before the Manila talks. 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 risky about it is the character who holds the control over them today".

"We would like to sit and have a dialogue with them about the future that will give them the security they seek and the future economic prosperity for North Korea", Tillerson said.

And he continued to push for Chinese help to keep pressure on North Korea due to their special economic relationship.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was asked what Donald Trump's stance was on North Korea after a Republican senator, Lindsay Graham, said the USA president was willing to go to war.

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He suggested that "a long period of no conflict" with China could come to an end if relations continued to go sour.