Tillerson urges Thailand to take more action on N. Korea

Tillerson urges Thailand to take more action on N. Korea
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Secretary of State Rex TillersonRex Wayne TillersonTrump says No. 2 State Dept. official could become next Russia envoy The Hill's Morning Report - Trump searches for backstops amid recession worries State Dept. extends travel ban to North Korea MORE on Tuesday urged Thailand to take further steps to handle the threat from North Korea.

The comments came during a visit to Bangkok, Reuters reported.

The assistant secretary for East Asian and Pacific affairs, Susan Thornton, told reporters on Tillerson's plane that the U.S. is pressing Thai leaders to shut down North Korean front companies, which the U.S. thinks are active in their country.

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She also said the U.S. urged Thailand to accept North Korean refugees.

"We want Thailand to emerge as a strengthened democracy that respects and guarantees human rights and fundamental freedoms at home and plays a leading role in advancing regional security and prosperity," a U.S. Embassy spokesman said.

The push comes after the United Nations Security Council last weekend voted to impose new sanctions again North Korea.

North Korea has since threatened to retaliate.

President Trump on Tuesday called for decisiveness in dealing with the threat from North Korea.

"After many years of failure,countries are coming together to finally address the dangers posed by North Korea. We must be tough & decisive!" Trump tweeted Tuesday.