The U.S. Secretary of State has made it abundantly clear that he will continue to try his best to bring about a resolution to the conflict between North Korea and the U.S. by diplomatic means. He assured that his diplomatic efforts will continue as long as possible notwithstanding the threats that are being issued by both sides. Rex Tillerson was speaking at the State of the Union by CNN when he made these remarks.
U.S. military exercise sparks off fresh round of warnings from Kim Jong Un
The latest act to prompt a response from the Kim Jong Un led government in North Korea is the U.S. military exercise to be conducted this week with South Korea. Joint naval exercises are to be conducted by the two countries together. The U.S. officials have described the exercises as being purely defensive but North Korea is in no mood to agree. They have termed them as a 'dress rehearsal' for an attack on North Korea. The exercise has prompted North Korea to refresh its threat to attack Guam, a U.S. ally territory that houses quite a significant portion of the U.S. military personnel.
North Korea terms them 'high intensity' exercises
The Kim Jong Un administration appears to be viewing the US- South Korea joint military exercises as a clear threat to them and they have termed the exercise as a 'high intensity' drill. The North Korean official media published an article that warned that the U.S. would be responsible for escalating the situation to such an extent that the peninsula is brought to the 'point of explosion', a clear threat of an attack.
Tillerson says Trump wants diplomacy
President Trump has posted several tweets and made several statements that have aggravated the North Koreans. He has made it a habit to refer to Kim Jong Un as 'Rocket Man' and this has not been taken kindly by the North Koreans either. Recently, he had also tweeted about how diplomacy is wasted on Kim Jong Un. However, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has given a completely contrasting view now by assuring that President Trump is all for a diplomatic solution to the issue. According to Tillerson, Trump's 'preferred avenue' is diplomacy and that he wanted to avoid violence at all costs, despite his twitter statements. He explained away the contradictory tweets made by the President saying that Trump made them only to 'motivate action'.