Despite Tillerson Overture, White House Says No Negotiation With North Korea

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U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Tuesday that the American Embassy's move to Jerusalem will take three years at least, The New York Times reports. "Let's just meet, and we can talk about the weather if you want". "They clearly understand that if we're going to talk, we have to have a period of quiet", he said, echoing a statement back in August that the best signal that Pyongyang is ready for talks would be for it to stop launching missiles. Previously, the administration has said that talks with North Korea had to focus on denuclearization.

China and Russian Federation responded positively to Tillerson's remarks, even after the White House appeared to put his proposal in question by saying that US President Donald Trump's "views on North Korea have not changed".

The nuclear-armed North has rattled the global community with a flurry of nuclear blasts and missile launches, most recently on November 29 when it test-fired its longest-range intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), capable of reaching all major U.S. cities.

Tillerson's remarks Tuesday came two weeks after North Korea conducted a test with a missile that could potentially carry a nuclear warhead to the U.S. Eastern Seaboard. We can talk about whether it's going to be a square table or a round table.

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A day after Tillerson's comments at Washington's Atlantic Council think tank, the White House official, who declined to be named, laid out a more restrictive formula for any diplomatic engagement with North Korea.

Even as Tillerson stressed the importance of a negotiated end to the standoff, North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un vowed to make his nation "the strongest nuclear power and military power in the world".

"The President's views on North Korea have not changed".

Tillerson's overture came almost two weeks after North Korea said it had successfully tested a breakthrough intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) that put the entire United States mainland within range.

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