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allies on how to deal with North Korea’s nuclear threat, adding it risks splitting international opinion over the issue.
China was not invited to the gathering in Vancouver and foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang on Wednesday said excluding it and others involved in the matter would not be helpful to finding a resolution.
China is North Korea’s main economic and diplomatic ally, but has signed on to increasingly harsh United Nations sanctions against Kim Jong Un’s regime.
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson warned Tuesday that if North Korea does not choose to negotiate on giving up its nuclear weapons that pose a growing threat to the United States it could trigger a military response.
Tillerson declined to comment on whether the White House is considering limited military action against Pyongyang, in response to reports that some in the Trump administration advocate military action to give the North a “bloody nose.”
“We all need to be very sober and clear eyed about the current situation,” Tillerson said when he was asked whether Americans should be concerned about the possibility of a war. He said North Korea has continued to make significant advances in its nuclear weapons through the thermonuclear test and progress in its intercontinental missile systems.
“We have to recognize that the threat is growing and that if North Korea does not choose the pathway of engagement, discussion, negotiation then they themselves will trigger an option,” he said. The meeting convened days after a mistaken missile alert caused panic on Hawaii, a stark reminder of the fears of conflict with the North.
Despite Washington’s tough stance and determination to keep up the pressure on North Korea, President Donald Trump has signaled openness to talks with the North under the right circumstances. After months of insults and blood curdling threats traded with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, Trump suggested in an interview last week that the two leaders could have a positive relationship.
Tillerson declined to say Tuesday whether Trump has spoken directly to Kim.
“I don’t think it’s useful to comment” he said. “We are at a very tenuous stage in terms of how far North Korea has taken their program and what we can do to convince them to take an alternative path. And so when we get into who’s talking to who and what was said,
if we want that to be made know or made public we will announce it.”
South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung wha said its talks with North Korea, leading to the North’s participation in next month’s Olympics being hosted by the South, are a “significant first step toward restoring inter Korean relations.”
But she conceded that despite the overtures, North Korea has yet to show any intention to fulfill its obligations on denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.
Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono was blunter. Command that supported South Korea in the fight against the communist North and its allies during the 1950 53 Korean War. It’s a diverse gathering of mostly European and Asian nations, as well as Australia, New Zealand and Colombia.
The delegates were briefed Monday night by Defense Secretary Jim Mattis. has an integrated strategy and to raise confidence that it definitely prefers a diplomatic solution over resorting to military action. But it alienated China and Russia, which fought on the communist side in the war and were not invited. officials say those two nations, which are the North’s main economic and diplomatic partners, will be briefed afterward.
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