The U.S. is putting “peaceful pressure” on North Korea to end its nuclear buildup and enlisting China’s help on negotiations, but if all that fails, a military option “will be the only one left,” Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Sunday.
In an interview with CBS News “Face The Nation,” Tillerson declared, “We don’t have a lot of time left.”
“We don't have a runway left to land this plane on so we need China's assistance to bring them to the [negotiating] table,” he said.
Tillerson said the policy of the United States toward North Korea is one of the “four no’s,” including that “we do not seek regime change, do not seek the regime collapse, do not seek accelerated reunion … of the peninsula” or bringing U.S. forces north of the demilitarized zone.
Along with sanctions, “all of that [is] designed to bring North Korea to the table for constructive productive dialogue,” he said.
“If our diplomatic efforts fail, though, our military option will be the only one left. “
China will be particularly important, he said.
“What we said, ‘you have the best information, you have your hand on the bow,’” he said.
Tillerson added that President Donald Trump, during his first visit to the United Nations this week, is “going to address these specific threats of North Korea, Iran, terrorism, global terrorism and why it is important that all of us come together and confront these as a unified body.”
Also, Tillerson made the case that Iran appears to be in technical compliance with its nuclear deal with the United States and other countries, but not with its preamble to “lower the tension between Iran and the rest of the world…”
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