Korea blasts U.S. for tough remarks on Pyongyang

Remigio Civitarese
Marzo 21, 2017

"I think there is a growing concern about North Korea". Speaking in a March 18 interview with a journalist from the conservative-leaning U.S. website Independent Journal Review who was accompanying him on his tour, Tillerson said Japan was "our [the US's] most important ally in the region", while describing South Korea as an "important partner relative to stability of Northeast Asia".

A spokesman for North Korea's Foreign Ministry slammed US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's recent talk of tougher sanctions, more pressure, and possible military action, and said the North would not be deterred in its nuclear programme.

Spicer mirrored his views saying that Tillerson "sent a very clear signal that our policy of strategic patience is over" with North Korea.

A day earlier, in Japan, Tillerson had described the past 20 years of US policy towards North Korea as a failure and vowed a comprehensive policy review under US President Donald Trump.

"If the businessmen-turned USA authorities thought that they would frighten [North Korea], they would soon know that their method would not work", he said.

The top USA diplomat indicated a need for tougher UN Security Council sanctions on North Korea's nuclear programme and other weapons of mass destruction.

Defence chiefs fear the high-powered engine could be used to fire intercontinental ballistic missile capable of reaching USA shores.

Trump told reporters on Sunday he held meetings on North Korea over the weekend and said Kim was "acting very, very badly".

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