US secretary of state says policy of strategic patience has ended due to threat posed by Pyongyang’s nuclear weapons programme
A pre-emptive US military strike against North Korea
may be necessary if the threat posed by its nuclear weapons programme reaches a level that “requires action”, the US secretary of state, Rex Tillerson, has warned.
Speaking in Seoul on the second day of a visit to the Asia-Pacific region, Tillerson said Washington’s policy of “strategic patience” towards the regime in Pyongyang had ended...
... Tillerson conceded that 20 years of US attempts to “denuclearise” North Korea had been unsuccessful
. “I think it’s important to recognise that the political and diplomatic efforts of the past 20 years to bring North Korea to the point of denuclearisation have failed,” he said during a visit to Tokyo.
“That includes a period where the United States has provided $1.35bn in assistance to North Korea as an encouragement to take a different pathway.”...
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