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    North Korean soldiers (C) take photos towards a South Korean soldier (L) and a US soldier (R) standing before the military demarcation line (lower C) seperating North and South Korea within the Joint Security Area (JSA) at Panmunjom on July 27, 2014

    Tillerson: US 'Strategic Patience' With North Korea is Over

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    "All options are on the table," the top US diplomat said concerning Washington's policy toward North Korea.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The United States' strategic patience with North Korea has ended, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on a visit to Seoul on Friday, warning that "all options are on the table" for Washington when dealing with Pyongyang.

    "Let me be very clear. The policy of strategic patience has ended. We are exploring a new range of diplomatic, security and economic measures. All options are on the table," Tillerson said at a press conference alongside his South Korean colleague.

    "We do not want for things to get to a military conflict, we're quite clear of that in our communications. But obviously if North Korea takes actions that threaten South Korean forces or our own forces, then that will be met with an appropriate response," Tillerson said.

    He vowed that the military option is on the table "if they elevate the threat of their weapons program to a level that we believe requires action."

    "We hope that that will persuade North Korea to take a different course of action, that is our desire," Tillerson said alongside his South Korean colleague in Seoul.

    On March 8, components for the THAAD system began to arrive in South Korea as Seoul wanted the system to be deployed rapidly in response to the threat from North Korea’s ballistic missile tests.


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    • avatar
      Lickie Weeks
      Rex has become a South Korean stooge?
    • avatar
      World patience has run out on Sc cu ummm
    • avatar
      Lickie Weeks
      ["Certainly we do not want for things to get to a military conflict...]

      Rex to start War with China over Korea proxy?
    • avatar
      Michael Hill
      The US is desperately in need of a big war to save its financial arse. It doesn't care who with. Such losers.
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      Tillerson should stop taking this arrogant misspeak.
      It is North Korea's inalienable right to develop whatever weapons that suits its strategic defence and offence needs.

      No one country reserves the right to tell another, "thus far shalt thou develop (in whatever realm - military, economic, industrial, technological, etc -, and no more"
    • avatar
      Hope trump is not that dumb or trump don't misspelled dump
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      when will they learn to stop harassing NK and just watch the reaction, when
      maybe goodwill, less stress, a new atmosphere may be created, I don't know,
      something positive coming out. But stop threatening NK.
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