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Tillerson calls for ‘global action’ to stop North Korea nuclear program

Keren Carrion

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called for “global action” to stop North Korea after the country claimed they successfully tested an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) Tuesday.

Tillerson condemned the missile launch in a statement, saying that “testing an ICBM represents a new escalation of the threat to the United States, our allies and partners, the region, and the world.”

“Global action is required to stop a global threat,” Tillerson said. “Any country that hosts North Korean guest workers, provides any economic or military benefits, or fails to fully implement U.N. Security Council resolutions is aiding and abetting a dangerous regime.”

{mosads}Tillerson called on all countries to show North Korea that there are “consequences” for their nuclear weapons test and that the U.S. will bring up the actions before the U.N. Security Council and seek harsher measures against the country.

“As we, along with other, have made clear, we will never accept a nuclear-armed North Korean,” Tillerson said.

The Trump administration has taken a hard line against North Korea in recent months, condemning all missile tests and treating to levy harsher sanctions across the nation.

Trump said last week that U.S. “patience is over” with North Korea and called for an international push to end the nation’s pursuit of nuclear weapons.

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