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America's top diplomat stepped back Friday from his offer of unconditional
talks with North Korea Cheap Serge Ibaka
Jersey , telling world powers the nuclear-armed nation must earn
the right to negotiate with the United States.
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's declaration before the U.N. Security
Council marked a stunning reversal after he proposed discussions with Pyongyang
without preconditions earlier this week. That overture was almost immediately
rebutted by White House officials.
Still, Tillerson had planned to reiterate his call at a special U.N.
ministerial meeting on North Korea at the council Friday morning. His prepared
remarks suggested only that North Korea would have to undertake a sustained halt
in its threatening behavior before talks could begin. But Tillerson changed the
"North Korea must earn its way back to the table," Tillerson told the foreign
ministers. "The pressure campaign must and will continue until denuclearization
is achieved. We will in the meantime keep our channels of communication open."
The debate over offering North Korea unconditional talks reflects the
differences within the Trump administration as it runs out of time to prevent
North Korea from perfecting a nuclear-tipped missile that can strike the U.S.
mainland. President Donald Trump has vowed to prevent such capability, with
military action if necessary.
So far, U.S.-led sanctions on North Korea and diplomatic isolation haven't
compelled Kim Jong Un's government to stop its nuclear and missile
tests Cheap Kyle Lowry
Jersey , or to seek negotiations.
Asked Friday if he supported unconditional talks, Trump did not answer
"Well, we're going to see what happens with North Korea. We have a lot of
support. There are a lot of nations that agree with us — almost everybody,"
Trump told reporters.
"We'd like to have Russia's help — very important," said Trump. He raised it
in a Thursday phone call with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
On the issue of starting talks with North Korea Cheap OG Anunoby
Jersey , Tillerson's tone was significantly different from three
On Tuesday, Tillerson said at the Atlantic Council think tank in Washington
that "we are