Tillerson says US ready to talk to North Korea

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson offered to start off direct talks with North Korea without any kind of preconditions, backing away from a key US demand that Pyongyang must first accept that giving up its nuclear arsenal would be part of any negotiations. The new diplomatic overture of Rex Tillerson comes nearly after two weeks since North Korea said it had successfully tested a breakthrough intercontinental ballistic missile which put the entire United States mainland within the range of its nuclear weapons. On Tuesday, Tillerson stated in a speech to Washington's Atlantic Council think tank 'let us just meet.'

The White House later issued an arguable statement which made it quite unclear whether President Donald Trump who has said that Tillerson was wasting his time in pursuing dialogue with North Korea had given his approval for the speech or not. The White House said that the views of the US president on North Korea have not changed and North Korea has been acting in a way that is unsafe in nature. The White House also said that the actions are not at all good for anyone and certainly not for North Korea.

In Beijing, the spokesman of the Chinese Foreign Ministry Lu Kang said that China welcomed all efforts to ease tension and promotes dialogue to resolve the problem. Lu Kang told reporters that China hopes that the United States and North Korea can meet each other halfway and take some steps that are meaningful on dialogue and contact. On Wednesday, the state media said that ahead of the speech made by Rex Tillerson, the North Korean leader Kim Jong Un vowed to develop more nuclear weapons while personally decorating scientists and officials who had contributed to the development of the most advanced intercontinental ballistic missile of North Korea.

The KCNA news agency said on Tuesday that the leader of North Korea, Kim Jong Un said that the scientists and workers would continue manufacturing more advanced and updated weapons & equipment for supporting the nuclear force both in quality and quantity. While reiterating the long-standing position of Washington that it cannot tolerate a nuclear-armed North Korea, Rex Tillerson mentioned that the United States was absolutely ready to talk any time when North Korea is ready to talk, but there would first have to be a period of quietness without nuclear and missile tests.

January 16, 2022 - 17:16
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