Tillerson Says 'Peaceful Pressure' Still Best North Korea Option

Trevor Jackson
August 5, 2017

"Individuals seeking to travel to North Korea for certain limited humanitarian or other purposes may apply to the Department of State for a special validation passport". He said he and Trump have had policy disagreements, notably over the Iran nuclear deal, which the president opposes. "The time for talk is over", she said. Though the comments don't directly contradict what Tillerson said, the tones are strikingly different.

"We're trying to convey to the North Koreans: We are not your enemy", Tillerson said. I believe him. If I were China, I would believe him, too, and do something about it. 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 unsafe about it is the character who holds the control over them today".

Differences between Trump, top White House aides and Tillerson and the State Department bubbled to public attention even before a well-publicized spat last month over the Iran deal, which ended with Trump siding with Tillerson while making it clear he wants out of the accord.

The notice served mostly to put an effective date on a ban announced last month by the USA government.

Though Tillerson seemed to warm to the idea of negotiations Tuesday, the United States has maintained for years - including during the Bush and Obama administrations - that North Korea and its leader must agree to denculearization up front for talks to proceed. But Trump and U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley recently expressed frustration with Beijing's refusal to impose crippling economic pain that would force Pyongyang to seek relief through compliance.

Starting in September, Americans will be banned from traveling to North Korea
But he sought to reassure the isolated regime that it does not need a nuclear arsenal to defend itself from a U.S. attack. USA officials have steadily condemned North Korea's missile tests, which are a violation of worldwide law.


Senator Lindsay Graham, a Republican member of the armed services committee, said on Tuesday "a war with North Korea would be devastating to the region, but it may be the only way to stop their missile program".

The State Department laid out its plan to curb travel to North Korea this week by announcing that its motion to restrict traveling to the country will take effect at the start of September.

He reiterated the U.S. does not "seek a reunification of the peninsula". "We do not seek an excuse to send our military north of the 38th parallel", Tillerson said. "They do NOTHING for us with North Korea, just talk".

Tillerson's views on North Korea and its close ally China is in sharp contrast to the U.S. envoy to the UN, Nikki Haley, who on Sunday asked Beijing to decide on tougher UN sanctions on the North over its two long-range missile tests last month.

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