In an interview with ABC on Sunday, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Washington wishes to see a denuclearized Korean Peninsula, but has no intention to force regime change in the North. Tillerson said North Korea seems to have perfected its missile delivery system, and this is Washington’s greatest concern.
The remarks come as a US Navy strike group heads for the waters off North Korea, and after President Donald Trump met Chinese leader Xi Jinping in Florida.
The US caught the worldwide community off guard last week by ordering missile strikes on the Shayrat airfield in western Syria as a response to a chemical attack in a town in the Idlib province of the country.
On the issue of North Korea, Abe and Trump also “completely agreed” on the importance of solidarity among Japan, the United States and South Korea, according to the prime minister.
Kim’s government has conducted five underground nuclear tests, two of them in 2016, and is working to develop intercontinental ballistic missiles that ultimately could deliver a warhead to USA territory. The country must stop all weapons testing before further diplomatic talks can take place, he said.
The former senior vice foreign minister also said the US missile attack on Syria could cut both ways – it could work as a deterrent toward the North or it could push Pyongyang into a corner.
“It probably is not realistic for the U.S. to attack North Korea”, a Japanese defence ministry source said.
Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of SC doesn’t think so.
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on CBS News’ “Face the Nation” Sunday that Mr. Trump and Jinping had “extensive discussions around the unsafe situation in North Korea” last week.
President Donald Trump’s national security adviser is describing US goals to defeat the Islamic State group as well as oust Syrian President Bashar Assad (bah-SHAR’ AH’-sahd) as somewhat “simultaneous”.
McMaster says “there has to be a degree of simultaneous activity as well as sequencing of the defeat of IS first”. “This is a rogue regime that is now a nuclear-capable regime”.
McMaster, making the comments on “Fox News Sunday“, said Mr.
Sen. Lindsay Graham is calling for as many as 6,000 more USA troops to fight the Islamic State group.
The move risks antagonising both Russian Federation and Iran who have backed Syrian president Bashar al-Assad in the six-year civil war.
Graham tells NBC’s “Meet the Press” that the additional troops would “attract more regional fighters to destroy” the militants.
In the most recent conversation, which lasted 45 minutes, Abe told reporters he and the U.S. president “frankly exchanged opinions about North Korea and Syria following Thursday’s U.S. Navy strike on a Syrian airfield that was believed to be the launch site for last week’s chemical attack on civilians in rebel-held territory that killed dozens, including children”.