Tillerson: US has 'failed' to stop North Korea's nuke program

Tillerson: US has 'failed' to stop North Korea's nuke program
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Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Thursday said U.S. policies to stop North Korea's nuclear program have "failed." 

“I think it’s important to recognize that the political and diplomatic efforts of the past 20 years to bring North Korea to the point of denuclearization have failed," Tillerson said during a visit to Japan, according to the Guardian.

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“That includes a period where the United States has provided $1.35 billion in assistance to North Korea as an encouragement to take a different pathway," he added.
 
Speaking in Tokyo, the top U.S. diplomat said his visit to the region will serve as a platform to "exchange views" on a new geopolitical approach toward Pyongyang. Tillerson will visit South Korea and China in addition to Japan.
 
“In the face of this ever-escalating threat, it is clear that a different approach is required. Part of the purpose of my visit to the region is to exchange views on a new approach,” he said.
 
Despite global pressure, North Korea has been largely successful in developing and advancing its nuclear program. In recent years, Pyongyang has conducted numerous tests aimed at improving the country's missile capabilities with the ultimate goal of affixing a nuclear payload.
 
“North Korea and its people need not fear the United States or their neighbors in the region who seek only to live in peace with North Korea,” Tillerson said.
 
“With this in mind, the United States calls on North Korea to abandon its nuclear and ballistic missile programs and refrain from any further provocation.”