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Tillerson Avoids Hard Talk on North Korea After Landing in China

By | Mar 19, 2017 02:50 AM EDT
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Rex Tillerson Softens Stance on North Korea.

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson softened stance on North Korea during his maiden china visit. He vowed to work with China to to persuade Pyongyang to “make a course correction." (Photo : Getty Images. )

After giving a blunt warning to North Korea in Seoul, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson made a sort of u-turn after landing in China on Saturday. Following an hour long meeting with China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi, Tillerson adopted a softer stance as he did not issue any war threat or military actions against the North Korean regime.

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Tillerson admitted that tensions in the peninsula are currently running high and things have reached to a really dangerous level. But he added that both leaders agreed to work together for persuading Pyongyang to "make a course correction and move away from the development of their nuclear weapons."   

Tillerson did not talk about any punitive actions as he avoided a confrontationist tone and spoke about taking a middle path. He stated "we've committed ourselves to doing everything we can to prevent any type of conflict from breaking out."       

In response, Wang also supported the use of diplomatic means to solve the North Korea's nuclear conundrum as he stressed on using the U.N sanctions. He called on all the concerned parties to avoid taking confrontational path.  

"No matter what happens, we have to stay committed to diplomatic means as a way to seek peaceful settlement," Wang said.

 Tillerson gave dire warning to North Korea in Seoul

In contrast, Tillerson clearly adopted an aggressive and confrontational stance on North Korea issue during his South Korea visit. In fact, he minced no words as he gave by far the most strake warning to the reclusive communist state.

He warned that "all options were on the table" while not ruling out any military actions against Pyongyang. The U.S. leader also stressed that there is no scope of negotiations unless North Korea completely gives up its nuclear program.

The timing of Tillerson's warning almost coincided with U.S. President Donald Trump's latest fiery tweet on North Korea issue, where he again levelled accusations against China. 

"North Korea is behaving very badly. They have been 'playing' the United States for years. China has done little to help," Trump tweeted.

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