Tillerson: US will work with China on North Korea


Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says the U.S. will work with China to counter North Korea’s nuclear program.

“We share a common view and a sense that tensions on the peninsula are quite high right now and that things have reached a rather dangerous level, and we’ve committed ourselves to doing everything we can to prevent any type of conflict from breaking out,” Tillerson said Saturday, according to Reuters.

{mosads}Tillerson’s comments come after discussions with China’s foreign minister, Wang Yi, who referred to the talks as “candid, pragmatic and productive”. 

Tillerson said he and Wang agreed the U.S. and China with work together to convince Pyongyang to “make a course correction and move away from the development of their nuclear weapons.”

During a press conference in South Korea on Friday, Tillerson said all options, including military, are on the table in regards to countering North Korea’s nuclear program.

“Certainly, we do not want to — for things to get to a military conflict. We are quite clear in that, in our communications,” he said.

“But obviously, if North Korea takes actions that threatens the South Korean forces or our own forces, then that would be met with an appropriate response. If they elevate the threat of their weapons program to a level that we believe requires action, that option is on the table.” 

President Trump has said he will not allow North Korea to obtain nuclear weapons.

Trump put pressure on China on Friday on the eve of Tillerson’s visit, tweeting that North Korea “is behaving very badly. They have been ‘playing’ the United States for years. China has done little to help!” 

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