North Korean Nuclear Weapons Crisis At A ‘Tenuous Stage,’ Tillerson Says


Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Tuesday warned that the crisis over North Korea’s nuclear weapons is at a “tenuous stage” and said the time for Pyongyang to show a willingness to talk about denuclearization is now.

“The North Koreans know our channels are open, and they know where to find us,” Tillerson told reporters in a news conference at the conclusion of a summit of 20 countries seeking ways to strengthen U.N. sanctions.

When asked directly whether Americans might soon be at war with North Korea, Tillerson did not offer easy reassurances.

“I think we all need to be very sober and clear-eyed about the current situation,” he replied, citing North Korea’s advances in developing nuclear weapons and the missiles capable of delivering them. “We have to recognize that the threat is growing. And if North Korea does not choose the path of engagement, of discussion, negotiations, then they themselves will trigger an option.”

(c) 2018, The Washington Post · Carol Morello




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