Trump Contradicts Chief Diplomat on North Korea

Trump Contradicts Chief Diplomat on North Korea

Trump Contradicts Chief Diplomat on North Korea

Ja never mentioned the possibility of talks.

"We'd like to have Russia's help - very important", said Trump.

North Korea, which in the past has boycotted nearly all Security Council meetings where its nuclear program is discussed, is expected to speak during Friday's open session.

Tillerson floated the idea of talks without preconditions earlier in the week during a "period of quiet" in North Korean weapons tests.

"North Korea must earn its way back to the table", Tillerson told the foreign ministers. "The pressure campaign must and will continue until denuclearisation is achieved".

The top U.S. diplomat, who met Thursday with Trump and Defense Secretary James Mattis, urged countries in the room to do more than just meet the letter of UN Security Council resolutions sanctioning North Korea - and called out Moscow and Beijing in particular. The United States, the European Union, South Korea, Japan and other countries have imposed additional measures. It has conducted six nuclear tests so far.

The administration has said it won't speak with North Korea unless the regime is willing to discuss curbing its nuclear program.

The institute predicted that it will probably be at the end of 2018 when North Korean makes "inevitable concessions with the worldwide community".

"I think what Secretary Tillerson spoke to was we want to have a dialogue with them".

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"No, not yet", Mattis said when a reporter asked whether the November 29 test indicated a full capability to strike the US. Addressing the council, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres urged diplomatic engagement to avoid a "level of danger that would be unpredictable in its trajectory and catastrophic in its consequences".

Washington, the United Nations and the world community are desperate to find ways to control Pyongyang's behaviour amid continuing tests of intercontinental ballistic missiles, the latest of which, launched on November 29, showed the capability of striking anywhere in the U.S. mainland.

Speaker after speaker at the ministerial meeting expressed concern about possible conflict.

"It has not yet shown to be a capable threat against us right now", Mattis added.

So far, US -led sanctions on North Korea and diplomatic isolation haven't compelled Kim Jong Un's government to stop its nuclear and missile tests, or to seek negotiations.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's declaration before the United Nations Security Council marked an about-face after he proposed discussions with Pyongyang without preconditions earlier this week.

He said North Korean laborers were toiling in "slavelike conditions" in Russian Federation for wages used to fund nuclear weapons, while China was still allowing crude oil to flow into North Korean refineries. -South Korean exercises and a halt to North Korean nuclear and missile tests.

"The hope for peace is not totally obliterated", said Chinese Deputy Ambassador Wu Haitao. "They alone are responsible for these tensions, they alone must take responsibility for these tensions, and they alone can solve these tensions", he added.

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