Location South Korea South Korea

State department changes its line in Korean nuclear problem

South Korea news agency Yonhap informs on shocking statement made by the new US state secretary Rex Tillerson during his visit to ROK. Tillerson said Friday that all options even including military choice remain on the table in dealing with North Korea’s nuclear and missile threats, adding that the so-called strategic patience with Pyongyang has ended.
Tillerson also urged China to refrain from retaliating against South Korea over the ongoing deployment of an advanced U.S. missile defense system on its soil, calling the move purely a self-defense measure.
He made the remarks during a press conference held in Seoul after talks with South Korean Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se. He is in Seoul on the second leg of his three Asian country trip following his visit to Japan.

Tillerson’s statement would disturb China. It usually demonstrates sharp reaction on any US step towards military escalation in the region. But this time Chinese media don’t stress the danger of US plans. Foreign Minister of China Wang Yi’s proposed on March 8 to suspend Pyongyang’s nuclear and missile tests and to suspend large-scale joint military drills by Seoul and Washington. The parties could then follow the dual-track approach of denuclearizing the peninsula while also establishing a path to ensure peace, Wang said. Chinese media express hope the coming Tillerson’s visit would be successful in nuclear disarming. That is why they ignore his recent radical statements until the negotiations are not finished.

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