North Korea 'an unacceptable threat' to United States

Tillerson says he will hold weekend talks with Russia's Lavrov in Manila

Tillerson says he will hold weekend talks with Russia's Lavrov in Manila

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will seek to build diplomatic pressure on the North in Manila, with Washington pushing for another round of tough United Nations sanctions on Pyongyang, according to one of his top aides.

Our Kim Bum-soo has more.

"Secretary Tillerson's travel reaffirms the Administration's commitment to further broaden and enhance USA economic and security interests in the Asia-Pacific region", the department said. We do not seek the collapse of the regime. We do not seek an accelerated reunification of the peninsula.

Tillerson said he doesn't blame the Chinese for the situation in North Korea, but that the US would seek Chinese help in achieving a dialogue with North Korea. "We're not your threat, but you are presenting an unacceptable threat to us, and we have to respond".

"Speaking to reporters at the state department on Tuesday, he said that the USA government would like to engage in dialogue with Pyongyang at some point".

Two Filipino officials told The Associated Press that US officials have discussed such a prospect with Philippine officials, who told them it may be better to keep North Korea in the forum, where it can be persuaded to stop provocations through dialogue. So from the administration's perspective, the most important thing we can do is separate those two, right?

"There is a military option - to destroy North Korea's program and North Korea itself", the foreign policy hawk told the NBC's Today show.

However, "a condition of those talks is there is no future where North Korea holds nuclear weapons or the ability to deliver those nuclear weapons to anyone in the region, much less the (US) homeland", he said.

On Monday, President Donald Trump uttered assurances during the start of his Cabinet meeting that the threat from North Korea will be taken care of.

"Our other options are not attractive", Tilerson added.

Earlier, Trump had said that his administration would "handle" the threat posed by North Korea's latest launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile, the Washington Times reported. "If thousands die, they're going to die over there - and he's told me that to my face".

"I am very disappointed in China", he tweeted.

Asked about the SC senator's suggestion, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said Trump has been "very outspoken" about "keeping all options on the table".

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