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Mar 17, 2017 | 14:16 GMT

North Korea: U.S. Has Not Ruled Out Pre-Emptive Strikes, Secretary Of State Says

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said March 17 during a visit to Seoul that Washington would not open any negotiations with Pyongyang without prior denuclearization, Japan Times reported. He also said the United States might be forced to take pre-emptive action if North Korea's nuclear threat elevates to an unacceptable level. Tillerson noted that the “strategic patience” of the Obama administration has ended. Rejecting direct negotiations, however, does not rule out other diplomatic means. Tillerson will likely try to pressure the Chinese government to take a tougher stance on North Korea, now that Washington is finalizing its own policy toward the country. It is unlikely that North Korea will give up its nuclear program ahead of any negotiation without some kind of pressure or guarantees. Though the Trump administration has doubtless considered a variety of options for dealing with Pyongyang, none is particularly promising.
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