Tillerson on N. Korea: Military option will be only one left if diplomatic efforts fail

Tillerson on N. Korea: Military option will be only one left if diplomatic efforts fail

Secretary of State Rex TillersonRex Wayne TillersonTrump relationship with Tillerson has been tense for months: report Bill O'Reilly: With Trump, Tillerson coverage, the media takes us all for 'morons' Overnight Defense: Tillerson, Trump deny report of rift | Tillerson says he never considered resigning | Trump expresses 'total confidence' in secretary | Rubio asks Army to kick out West Point grad MORE on Sunday stressed that the U.S. wants to come to a peaceful solution to the North Korean threat but warned that a military option is a last resort.

During an interview on CBS's "Face the Nation," Tillerson said the U.S. strategy involves a "peaceful pressure campaign" on Pyongyang. 

That campaign is built around putting together an international coalition to "send a message to North Korea" and its neighbors that "this is the policy of the rest of the world," Tillerson said.

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"All of that designed to bring North Korea to the table for constructive, productive dialogue," he said.

"If our diplomatic efforts fail, though, our military option will be the only one left."

He added: "To be clear, we seek a peaceful solution to this."

His comments come after North Korea on Friday fired another ballistic missile over Japan.

The move further escalated tensions in the region after North Korea conducted a nuclear test earlier this month.