Rex Tillerson: Military Action Against North Korea Is ‘On the Table’ – NBC News
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson warned Friday that military action against North Korea was “on the table” if the country continued to develop its weapons program.
“If they elevate the threat of their weapons program to a level that we believe requires action then that option is on the table,” he told a press conference in South Korea.
“Certainly we do not want for things to get to a military conflict,” he added. “But obviously if North Korea takes actions that threaten the South Korean forces or our own forces then that would be met with an appropriate response.”
North Korea carried out two nuclear tests last year, and in January a senior North Korean official told NBC News that the country was ready to test-fire an intercontinental ballistic missile “at any time, at any place.”
Tillerson’s comments came during his first official visit to Asia as President Donald Trump’s secretary of state.
A day earlier in Tokyo, he said that two decades of bipartisan diplomatic efforts toward Kim Jong Un’s regime had failed.
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