Tillerson Doesn't Rule Out Preemptive Strike on North Korea (STA BREAKING NEWS and ARCHIVES)
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said the U.S. is considering “all options” to counter North Korea’s nuclear threat while criticizing China over moves to block a missile-defense system on the peninsula.
In some of his most detailed comments yet on North Korea, Tillerson ruled out a negotiated freeze of its nuclear weapons program and called for a wider alliance to counter Kim Jong Un’s regime. He also left the military option on the table if the North Korean threat gets too large.
“If they elevate the threat of their weapons programs to a level that we believe requires action, that option is on the table,” Tillerson told reporters on Friday on a trip to South Korea when asked about the possibility of a military strike. He ruled out talks with North Korea until it commits to giving up its nuclear weapons.
The remarks were some of the strongest yet from President Donald Trump’s administration as it looks to prevent North Korea from developing a missile that could strike North America with a nuclear weapon. Tillerson is seeking a new approach to North Korea on a trip to Japan, South Korea and China, saying that past efforts to stop Kim’s regime had failed.
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