Despite claims coming from Russia and China about American aggression surrounding the Korean peninsula, the United States has continued to push for diplomacy after the North Korean test launch of what U.S. intelligence agencies have confirmed was a true ICBM.
U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson issued a statement on Tuesday calling for global support in the effort to dissuade Kim Jong-un from continuing his pursuit of weapons of mass destruction and the means by which to deliver them, but this time, he went further – claiming that any nation that continues to provide financial support, or fails to fully implement sanctions, are helping the aggressive state to violate international law.
Global action is required to stop a global threat. Any country that hosts North Korean guest workers, provides any economic or military benefits, or fails to fully implement UN Security Council resolutions is aiding and abetting a dangerous regime. All nations should publicly demonstrate to North Korea that there are consequences to their pursuit of nuclear weapons. We intend to bring North Korea’s provocative action before the UN Security Council and enact stronger measures to hold the DPRK accountable.” Tillerson said.
“The United States seeks only the peaceful denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and the end of threatening actions by North Korea. As we, along with others, have made clear, we will never accept a nuclear-armed North Korea.” He continued.