Tillerson says 'new approach' needed on denuclearising North Korea

In his first tour of East Asia, the secretary of state will move on to Seoul on Friday, and then to Beijing on Saturday.

But none of these issues are as fraught or potentially unsafe as the situation with Pyongyang, which seems to have accelerated its nuclear program in the last few months with the aim of perfecting a nuclear weapon and the means to deliver it as far as the US.

"We have a genuine opportunity to set a new course", Tillerson wrote. So is the former oil boss up to the task?

Rex Tillerson has kept a remarkably low profile in his first month or so in office, giving no press briefings in six weeks, and sticking to prepared statements. Trump's proposed spending cuts will likely face an uphill battle in Congress, and several prominent Republicans have already spoken out against major cuts at the State Department.

"We do believe they have a very important role to play", Tillerson said.

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China is also infuriated by the deployment of a United States missile defence system in South Korea, which it says is created to tip the balance of military forces in Asia in America's favour. She recently wrote a fairly flattering piece on Tillerson, which went against the growing impression in the news media that the Trump White House had sidelined the secretary.

Getting South Korea on board may prove tougher. "If our prime minister is in Ankara, he will meet him", Cavusoglu told HaberTurk broadcaster in an interview.

The secretive isolationist nation has continued its development of nuclear weapons despite sanctions and threats from the global community. The North conducted two nuclear test explosions and 24 ballistic missile tests previous year.

On March 6, Pyongyang launched four ballistic missiles, one of which landed about 200 km north of the Noto Peninsula in Ishikawa Prefecture. China remains the North's most powerful ally.

Given that China represents 90 percent of North Korea's economic activity, Beijing has leverage, Klingner said.

Unfortunately, the missile defence system's radar is extremely long range, extending into China.

China's development of artificial islands with defensive capabilities in the South China Sea is deeply controversial. "Tillerson expressed the understanding of this policy", Japan's Foreign Ministry said. Military action, however, would endanger South Korea and anger China, the two next stops on Tillerson's trip.

But it makes the delicate negotiation with China that much harder.

But when asked for details of a new approach, he did not answer.

Central to the USA review is China and its role in any bid to persuade Pyongyang to change course.

As a result, trade disputes between Japan and the U.

He acknowledged that the United States wants to see China do more.

Released early on Thursday, Trump's America First: A Budget Blueprint to Make America Great Again lays out a plan to reduce funding for the World Bank by $650m over three years, and reduce its contributions to United Nations peacekeeping to no more than 25%.

  • Elsie Buchanan