N.Korea must earn right to talks

N.Korea must earn right to talks

Speaking at Washington's Atlantic Council think tank on December 12, the U.S. secretary of state offered North Korea's authorities to "just meet" and "talk about the weather".

Mr Tillerson used the Security Council session to scold Russian Federation for employing North Korean workers in what he called "slave-like" conditions and which he said "calls into question Russia's dedication as a partner for peace".

Tillerson did double down on the administration's tough talk, even as other countries warned that United States rhetoric and actions are part of the problem.

North Korea is not ready to take the blame, and harsh words were traded in the Security Council meeting between Pyongyang's ambassador and Tillerson.

"We are open to dialogue".

"Well, we're going to see what happens with North Korea. They know where to walk through that door when they want to talk", he told reporters.

Friday's UN Security Council ministerial meeting was convened by Japan, chairing the body this month.

Ja claimed there has been no "illegal transfer of nuclear weapons, its technology and weapons-grade nuclear materials".

He questioned the USA commitment to peace on the Korean peninsula, saying 2 1/2 months of quiet from North Korea was answered by Washington and its allies with unscheduled and unprecedented military exercises in their scale, unilateral sanctions, and a declaration that the North is a state sponsor of terrorism.

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Tillerson extended that challenge to other countries that have been slow to fully implement existing resolutions on North Korea, saying that it calls "into question whether your vote is a commitment to words only, but not actions".

North Korea's Ja said his country has been the target of 11 United Nations sanctions resolutions.

The United States has called on China to cut off oil supplies to North Korea, a move that would deal a crippling blow to its economy.

"It is not helpful to impose on any one party the responsibility for resolving the problem", Wu said.

China's deputy United Nations ambassador Wu Haitao said "the core of the nuclear issue is security". There is "a possibility for negotiation and the option of use of force is unacceptable".

Some US-based experts believe North Korea could be only two or three tests away from being able to declare the missile operational. This is obviously in the remarks of UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres, who stressed the need to immediately reestablish communication channels with North Korea.

The UN's political affairs chief, Jeffrey Feltman, returned at the weekend from talks in Pyongyang - the first visit to the North by a high-ranking UN official since 2011. I mean, when Kim Jong un talks about what he wants to do, that is nuclearize North Korea, that is really to finish his father's unfinished business, and he also talks about unification and that is to finish his grandfather's unfinished business.

"It continues to be a diplomatically led effort", Mattis said.

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