What President Trump’s State Secretary Rex Tillerson said earlier on Friday should have North Korea’s Kim Jong Un shaking in his boots.
Tillerson was quoted as saying to reporters in South Korea’s capital Seoul that a military response from the United States is on the table if NKorea persists in its bellicose rhetoric and takes any type of threatning military action against the US or South Korea.
Answering a question from a CNN reporter, Rex Tillerson said that the US doesn’t want things to degenerate into an open military conflict, but if North Korea threatens American or South Korean forces , there’s no option for the US but to intervene with an appropriate response, i.e. military force.
Tillerson said very bluntly, thus marking a steep departure from US foreign policies which are dating back to the 90’s, from the former Bill Clinton presidency:
“Let me be very clear. The policy of strategic patience has ended. We are exploring a new range of security and diplomatic measures. All options are on the table.”
“If they elevate the threat of their weapons program to a level that we believe that requires action, that option is on the table.”
Translated from not-so-diplomatic language into layman’s terms, that means the US military actually considers a preemptive strike against the North Korean dictatorship. Rex Tillerson made these comments just 1 day after reporters in Tokyo were warned about North Korea performing a nuclear test in the near future.
Tillerson said that the White House administration is considering all options in order to counter the nuclear threat posed by North Korea and he also criticized China over its moves to block a missile defense system on the Korean peninsula.
Just hours later after Tillerson’s comments, President Trump went on Twitter and said that the Pyongyang is behaving very badly:
“They have been ‘playing’ the United States for years. China has done little to help!”
tweeted Donald Trump on Friday morning. Rex Tillerson is expected in China on Saturday. China is North Korea’s biggest ally and trading partner and the Chinese are opposing the American missile shield for strategic reasons related to its high tech radar capabilities which may compromise its military influence in the area.
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