State Department: North Korea rejects dialogue despite opening channels of communication[/ltr]
[ltr][rtl]Release date: 2017/10/1 10:17[/rtl] • [rtl]57 times read[/rtl][/ltr]
During his visit to China, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson confirmed talks and "channels of communication" with North Korea to persuade it to give up its nuclear program, but Pyongyang has shown that it does not want any dialogue on nuclear disarmament.
US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Saturday that the United States had opened "channels of communication" with North Korea to determine the readiness of its regime to conduct a dialogue on abandoning its nuclear weapons program.
"We are testing, so stay tuned," Tillerson told reporters. "We have lines of contact with Pyongyang, we are not in a dark situation or a blackout, we have two or three channels open with Pyongyang," he said.
"We can talk to them, and we do," he said.
But the US State Department later announced that the North Korean regime showed no willingness to engage in a dialogue on the abandonment of its nuclear weapons, despite the opening of channels of communication.
"Despite assurances that the United States is unwilling to push the current regime down, seek regime change, accelerate the reunification of the Korean peninsula, or move forces north of the demilitarized zone, North Korea's officials have not shown," State Department spokesman Heather Noiret said. Any indication of their willingness or willingness to engage in dialogue on nuclear disarmament ".
Tillerson's remarks came after talks in Beijing with Chinese officials, including President Xi Jinping, to discuss efforts to halt North Korea's nuclear program and prepare for President Trump's visit in November.
"I am confident that his visit will be special, wonderful and successful," the Chinese president said during a meeting with the US Secretary of State.
Trump is the first to visit China after he attacked her last year during his election campaign, accusing her of "stealing" millions of jobs in the United States.
Xi said he met his US counterpart twice, one at Trump's residence in Florida. He exchanged a number of messages and phone calls.
"I appreciate each of these contacts, and we have made remarkable efforts to develop Sino-US relations, and we have developed a good working relationship and a personal friendship," he said.
Tillerson responded that the relationship between the two countries "is growing more and more because of the strength of the relationship between you and President Trump." "We hope to further develop this relationship during the next summit."
The US Secretary of State's visit comes on the back of improved relations between Washington and Beijing, dominated by the North Korean threat a month after a strong nuclear test for Pyongyang.
But neither of the men mentioned the North Korean file in its initial remarks before reporters left the room. The same thing happened during Tillerson's meeting with his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi earlier Saturday.
"But North Korea will definitely be one of the issues," Tillerson said before leaving Washington.
He said he would discuss with the Chinese side "nuclear disarmament of the Korean Peninsula" in addition to trade and investment, according to the US State Department.
In recent months, the Trump administration has publicly accused China of not doing enough to press Pyongyang to abandon its nuclear ambitions. Beijing is North Korea's last major trading partner.
But the tone finally subsided after Beijing agreed to a new package of sanctions on North Korea imposed by the UN Security Council.
In accordance with UN resolutions, the Chinese Ministry of Commerce announced Thursday that North Korean companies operating in China should close by January.
The Asian giant, which exports much of the crude oil consumed by North Koreans, also confirmed last week that it would limit its exports of oil products.
In the light of this, US State Department spokesman Heather Naort welcomed this week "progress", saying that China "has made great strides in the right direction."
Trump also praised Beijing for the second time in less than a week for "severing any banking connection" in Pyongyang, which was "not possible just two months ago."
However, the differences between the two sides continue. Chinese diplomacy still calls for a "peaceful" solution and rejects the war of words between Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.
Beijing continues to defend the principle of the simultaneous cessation of ballistic and nuclear tests for Pyongyang and the US-South Korean military exercises, but Washington still rejects this solution.
China also rejects any interference on the peninsula bordering its borders, while Trump does not rule out a "military option" to threaten Kim Jong-un's regime with "total destruction."
"There seems to be two approaches in the international community to denuclearization of the peninsula: to crush or negotiate with North Korea to feel safer," the editorial said in an editorial. "China and Russia prefer the latter option."