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Tillerson: N. Korea must stop 'threatening behavior' before talks can begin

17 December 2017

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.

Tillerson's schedule includes a session with the ministerial committee on Canada-U.S. relations, in addition to meeting with his Canadian counterpart, Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland, during his visit Tuesday.

Tillerson had raised hopes this week that the United States and North Korea could negotiate to resolve their standoff when he said that the United States was "ready to talk any time North Korea would like to talk".

As he addressed the Security Council, Tillerson said the campaign of economic and diplomatic pressure on North Korea "must and will continue until denuclearization is achieved".

He said the USA does not want war, but "will use all necessary measures to defend itself against North Korean aggression".

After a roughly two-month lull in testing, North Korea launched a missile into the Sea of Japan on Nov 29 that it said was a new type of intercontinental ballistic missile able to deliver a nuclear warhead to any target on the US mainland.

He repeated his openness to talks with the North Koreans, but added the caveat that Pyongyang "must earn its way back to the table". "We will, in the meantime, keep our channels of communication open".

Tillerson spoke at a meeting on North Korea's proliferation convened by Japan, which holds the rotating Security Council presidency this month.

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"We'd like to have Russia's help - very important", said Trump. The council has ratcheted up sanctions on North Korea since 2006.

Quintana arrived in Tokyo on Thursday to discuss the issue with Japanese officials after a visit earlier this week to South Korea, where he investigated North Korean allegations that Seoul abducted 12 North Korean women from China.

"Continuing to allow North Korean laborers to toil in slave-like conditions in Russian Federation in exchange for wages used to fund nuclear weapons programs calls into question Russia's dedication as a partner for peace", he added.

General Jack Keane said as it stands the world is "heading to a military solution" to end the tension on the Korean peninsula.

China's deputy United Nations ambassador, Wu Haitao, said Beijing has already made sacrifices by clamping down on business it does with North Korea. He said US experts are still doing what he called "forensic analysis". On Sept. 3, Pyongyang conducted its sixth nuclear test the year, unleashing an natural disaster of 6.1 magnitude.

North Korea, which in the past has boycotted nearly all Security Council meetings where its nuclear program is discussed, is expected to speak during Friday's open session.

"While all concerned seek to avoid an accidental escalation leading to conflict, the risk is being multiplied by misplaced overconfidence, risky narratives and rhetoric, and the lack of communication channels", Guterres said. North Korea is also the only country in the world to have violated a voluntary moratorium on nuclear testing. "This is critical to lower the risk of miscalculation or misunderstanding and reduce tensions in the region". They should agree to what we propose: "'Put your drills - which, in principle, are a provocation by the USA against the North - on hold for the talks to start", Kim said.

Tillerson: N. Korea must stop 'threatening behavior' before talks can begin