Tillerson Walks Back Offer of Unconditional Talks With North Korea, Says Regime ‘Must Earn Its Way Back to the Table’

Washington Free Beacon | 12/15/2017 | Jack Heretik
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BY: Jack Heretik

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Friday walked back his offer from earlier this week to have unconditional talks with North Korea, telling the United Nations Security Council that Pyongyang must "earn" the right to negotiate with Washington.

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"As I said earlier this week, a sustained cessation of North Korea's threatening behavior must occur before talks can begin. North Korea must earn its way back to the table," Tillerson said at a special ministerial meeting at the U.N. Security Council. "The pressure campaign must and will continue until denuclearization is achieved. We will in the meantime keep our channels of communication open."

Tillerson's words were a noticeable shift from Tuesday, when he said at the Atlantic Council in Washington, D.C. that the U.S. is "ready to have the first meeting without precondition."

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"Let's just meet, and we can talk about the weather if you want," Tillerson said at the think-tank event. "Talk about whether it's going to be a square table or a round table, if that's what you are excited about. But can we at least sit down and see each other face to face, and then we can begin to lay out a map, a road map of what we might be willing to work towards."

Those comments received instant blowback from the White House.

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Tillerson also reemphasized on Friday that the U.S. wants a diplomatic solution to the North Korean issue rather than a military one.

"We have been clear that all options remain on the table in the defense of our nation, but we...
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