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U.S. warns Pyongyang on military option
January 17, 2018 | 12:38 PM
by Times TV
 
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Twenty nations agree to consider tougher sanctions to press North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons as U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson warns Pyongyang it could trigger a military response if it does not choose negotiations.

U.S. SECRETARY OF STATE REX TILLERSON SAYING: "If North Korea does not choose the pathway of engagement, discussion, negotiation, then they themselves will trigger an option."

That option may be a military response. It's a strong message from U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to Pyongyang on Tuesday (January 16) at a meeting in Vancouver where 20 nations gathered to talk about the regime's weapons program.

Members at the one-day meeting - co-hosted by the U.S. and Canada - say the world needs to enforce tougher sanctions against the North, especially China and Russia.



Both of those nations weren't actually at the meeting and diplomats say any agreements made in Vancouver are limited at best.

It also comes as the two Koreas sit down for their first talks after two years of soaring tensions. But across the globe in Canada - warnings the world shouldn't be fooled by Pyongyang playing nice.

JAPANESE FOREIGN MINISTER TARO KONO SAYING: "It is not the time to ease pressure or reward North Korea"

The majority of nations in Vancouver supported South Korea during the Korean War. And the North's allies, China and Russia, have slammed the meeting.

Calling it an example of what they call "Cold War"-era thinking. On Tuesday (January 16), Tillerson again rejected China's calls to freeze joint military exercises with the South and the day's talks focused on forcing Pyongyang into a diplomatic solution.

U.S. SECRETARY OF STATE REX TILLERSON SAYING: We have sent clear messages to North Korea that we are ready for serious negotiations.

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