Russian Federation sends military delegation to North Korea

Dec 14, 2017, 10:44
Russian Federation sends military delegation to North Korea

No negotiations can be held with North Korea until it improves its behavior, a White House official said on Wednesday, raising questions about U.S. secretary of State Rex Tillerson's offer to begin talks with Pyongyang any time and without pre-conditions. When asked if he enjoyed his job, Tillerson replied that he was learning to enjoy it but did not enjoy the task of dealing with countries such as Pakistan and North Korea. South Korea's presidential office spokesperson Park Soo-hyun released a written statement on Wednesday stating that Seoul and Washington have been working closely to bring North Korea back to dialogue.

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson commented Tuesday that Washington is open to negotiating with Pyongyang with no prerequisites, highlighting the growing divide within the administration over how to handle the North Korean threat.

"It's not realistic to say we are only going to talk if you come to the table ready to give up your program".

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"But they have to come to the table with the view that they do want to make a different choice".

"Let's just meet", he said, calling for face-to-face negotiations so that the USA and North Korea "can begin to lay out a roadmap of what we might be willing to work towards".

"It's going to be tough to talk if in the middle of our talks you decide to test another device".

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In Beijing, foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang said China took note of Tillerson's remarks and expressed hope that the United States and North Korea take "meaningful steps towards dialogue and contact". "They have too much invested in it, and the President is very realistic about that as well", Tillerson granted in his remarks at the Atlantic Council on Tuesday.

Ahead of Tillerson's speech, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un vowed to develop more nuclear weapons while personally decorating scientists and officials who contributed to the development of Pyongyang's most advanced ICBM, state media said on Wednesday.

Feltman met with North Korea's Foreign Minister Ri Yong-Ho and Vice Foreign Minister Pak Myong-Kuk during his visit to Pyongyang over the weekend - the first by a high-ranking United Nations official since 2011.

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