Secretary Tillerson at the UN urges action on North Korea

Following yesterday's comments made by US President Donald Trump on North Korea, the US Secretary of State spoke at the UN Security Council, urging that action be taken against North Korea before they act. Secretary Rex Tillerson emphasized the importance of diplomatic solutions as China spoke against any military action.
US urged the UN Security Council to get ahead of North Korea Photo Credit: Reuters/Channel 2 News

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson confirmed that all options are on the table regarding a response to a future provocation by North Korea. In an address to the United Nations Security Council today (Friday) Tillerson said, "I urge this council to act before North Korea does. We must work together to adopt a new approach and impose increased diplomatic and economic pressures on the North Korean regime."

Tillerson discussed the impending threat and growing destabilization North Korea poses to the region and world with each new missile test it conducts, specifically on Japan and South Korea.

Tillerson says all options are on the table Photo Credit: Reuters/Channel 2 News

However, the Chinese Foreign Minister warned the UN Security Council against taking military action in North Korea, saying that the use of force does not resolve disputes, rather leads to greater disasters. The minister added that the US placing its missile defense system in South Korea threatens China’s own security and undermines the trust between the US and China regarding North Korea.

Yesterday (Thursday), US President Donald Trump said in an interview with Reuters that the possibility of a military confrontation with North Korea should not be underestimated. “There is a chance that we could end up having a major, major conflict with North Korea,” he said. However, the US President stressed that he prefers to deal with North Korea’s nuclear threat peacefully: “We'd love to solve things diplomatically but it's very difficult.”

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