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Tillerson Notes NKorea's 'Restraint' Since UN Sanctions Vote

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Secretary of State Rex Tillerson noted Tuesday that North Korea has had "no missile launches or provocative acts" since the United Nations adopted strong sanctions this month and this could lead to direct talks "sometime in the near future."

"It is worth noting that we have had no missile launches or provocative acts on the part of North Korea since the unanimous adoption of the U.N. Security council resolution," Tillerson told reporters at the State Department in Washington. "I want to take note of that.

"I am pleased to see that the regime in Pyongyang has certainly demonstrated some level of restraint that we've not seen in the past.

"We hope that this is the beginning of this signal that we've been looking for that they are ready to restrain their level of tensions.

"They're ready to restrain their provocative acts — and that means perhaps we are seeing our pathway to sometime in the near future having some dialogue," Tillerson said.

The U.N. Security Council voted Aug. 5 to slap North Korea with tough sanctions in a 15-0 vote that was backed by Russia, China, Japan, and South Korea.

The move followed North Korea's tests of two intercontinental ballistic missiles last month.

Pyongyang has since lobbed harsh rhetoric at the United States, threatening to fire on Guam, but President Donald Trump has hit back fiercely — warning the country would face "fire and fury" from a "locked and loaded" U.S. military if the Pacific territory or any other ally was struck.

In recent days, however, North Korea has threatened "merciless retaliation" as the United States and South Korea began its annual military drills this week, but top U.S. commanders dismissed calls Tuesday to pause or downsize the exercises.

In highlighting Pyongyang's recent restraint, Tillerson cautioned "we need to see more on their part, but I want to acknowledge the steps they've taken thus far.

"I think it's important to take note of that."

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Secretary of State Rex Tillerson noted Tuesday that North Korea has had "no missile launches or provocative acts" since the United Nations adopted strong sanctions this month and this could lead to direct talks "sometime in the near future."
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