With the continued aggression of North Korea, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson issued a statement to Fox News in an exclusive interview. Tillerson refused to take nuclearization of allied countries off the table if it would suppress North Korean aggression.
“Nothing has been taken off the table,” Tillerson said in regards to if the U.S. would rule out giving the peninsula nuclear capabilities. Over the last twenty years, Tillerson has made it clear that the diplomacy with North Korea has never worked. Tillerson also commented on the matter in another press opportunity:
“Let me be very clear: the policy of strategic patience has ended. If they elevate the threat of their weapons program to a level we believe requires action, that option is on the table.”
Tillerson also made it clear that he would prefer the U.S. avoided military conflict and hoped that other opportunities would arise that would convince North Korea to stop its weapon programs. Tillerson’s comments were also supported by a recent Tweet by President Trump:
“North Korea is behaving very badly. They have been “playing” the United States for years. China has done little to help!”
During Trump’s campaign, he met with The New York Times and talked about nuclear weapons saying, “Would I rather have North Korea have them with Japan sitting there having them also? You may very well be better off if that’s the case.” Trump later took to Twitter denying he said it would be better if more countries had nuclear weapons.
Tillerson has been on a trip to Japan, South Korea, and China over the last few days to talk about ways to suspend North Korea’s weapon advancement. If they successfully convince China, who are allies with North Korea, to help slow North Korea down, then everything could turn out fine. But if North Korea continues to show their power, the future could be interesting.
Credit: Fox News