During his first visit to Japan, South Korea, and China this week, Sec. of State Rex Tillerson told Fox News he is not ruling out nuclearization of U.S. allies in Asia to dissuade continued aggression from North Korea.
“Nothing has been taken off the table,” said Tillerson during his stop at the Korean Demilitarized Zone. “We’re exchanging views.”
In the past, Tillerson has said the world needs a new strategy in dealing with North Korea, calling the last 20 years of diplomacy toward the east Asian country a failure.
“Let me be very clear: the policy of strategic patience has ended.”
In a Seoul presser with South Korean Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se, he stated the U.S. aims to avoid military conflict with North Korea and is hopeful these other measures will convince it to suspend its threatening weapons program.
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However, Tillerson is also not ruling out increased weaponry to U.S. allies in East Asia.
“If they elevate the threat of their weapons program to a level we believe requires action, that option is on the table.”
Tillerson is in China Friday. One goal of his visit is to convince the Chinese government to also take a different approach to North Korea, saying their current stance is “troubling” and “inappropriate.”
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H/T: Fox News
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