Published: Sun, December 17, 2017
Global | By Shelia Dennis

Tillerson: N. Korea must stop 'threatening behavior' before talks can begin

Tillerson: N. Korea must stop 'threatening behavior' before talks can begin

Also Friday, U.S. Defence Secretary Jim Mattis said North Korea's most recent test of a long-range missile did not demonstrate an imminent threat to the United States.

"I am deeply concerned by the risk of military confrontation, including as a result of unintended miscalculation", U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres warned the council.

He called for a united answer of "absolutely no" to North Korean attempts to be recognized as a nuclear-weapons state.

Mr Tillerson had planned to reiterate his call at a special United Nations ministerial meeting on North Korea at the council on Friday.

Hyun called for redoubled efforts to implement and fill in all gaps in United Nations sanctions in order to bring the North Koreans to the negotiating table.

The debate over offering North Korea unconditional talks reflects the differences within the Trump administration as it runs out of time to prevent North Korea from perfecting a nuclear-tipped missile that can strike the USA mainland.

"If anyone is to blame for it, the U.S.is the one who must be held accountable", Ja said. But that line was omitted from the speech he gave to the Security Council.

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While Feltman received no firm commitment from North Korea to open talks, he has said the visit is "just the beginning" of his push for "talks about talks".

The envoy in particular denounced the regular military exercises held by the USA and South Korean militaries, which Pyongyang views as an invasion rehearsal.

Russia's United Nations ambassador is questioning the US commitment to peace on the Korean peninsula, saying 2 1/2 months of quiet from North Korea was answered by Washington and its allies with unscheduled large-scale military exercises, unilateral sanctions, and a declaration that the North sponsors terrorism.

Differences between President Donald Trump and Tillerson over Washington's approach to North Korea first emerged in October, when Trump tweeted that his top diplomat's efforts to negotiate with China on the subject were "a waste of time".

Ja also said his country is not a threat to other states as long as they don't try to interfere with North Korea's interests.

Nebenzia urged practical steps to de-escalate the situation, including cancellation of planned U.S.

The companies, which have already been sanctioned by the United States, deal in finance, coal and minerals, transport including shipping and the sending of North Korean workers overseas.

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South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham said the possibility of military conflict still remains low. "The parties should move toward each other instead of engaging in mutual blaming".

China and Russian Federation argue that sanctions alone will not compel North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un to change course and want to step up diplomatic efforts to achieve a solution.

Kono called on the worldwide community to maximize pressure on Pyongyang to change course, and announced that Japan had just imposed asset freezes on 19 additional North Korean entities.

Taro Kono announced at a ministerial meeting of the U.N. Security Council Friday that Japan has ordered the assets of 19 North Korean entities to be frozen, and he called on other countries to introduce or strengthen sanctions against the North.

Earlier this week the top USA diplomat said he was ready to meet with Pyongyang "without precondition", indicating a possible shift in US policy.

A United Nations envoy to North Korea, Jeffrey Feltman, returned from a recent trip to the country deeply anxious about the prospects for bringing an end to Kim's nuclear weapons program.

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