United States willing to begin direct talks with North Korea without preconditions: Tillerson

United States willing to begin direct talks with North Korea without preconditions: Tillerson

United States willing to begin direct talks with North Korea without preconditions: Tillerson

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Tuesday that Washington is "ready to talk anytime North Korea would like to talk", and is willing to have the first meeting "without precondition".

Despite the USA diplomat's remarks, a White House official later told Reuters that North Korea must improve its behavior before Washington comes to the negotiating table.

Despite that, a USA official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Tillerson's remarks followed speculation North Korea might be willing to talk having announced it had completed a major milestone with last month's missile test and suggested he was trying to take advantage of a potential opening.

"Let's just meet", he said, calling for face-to-face negotiations so that the USA and North Korea "can begin to lay out a roadmap of what we might be willing to work towards". We can talk about whether it's going to be a square table or a round table.

"As the secretary of state has said, this must include - but is not limited to - no further nuclear or missile tests", the spokesperson said, adding, "Given North Korea's most recent missile test, clearly now is not the time". They've too much invested in it.

"The aim of the military, political and diplomatic efforts is clear: all sides should be put back at negotiations table, to put away provocative and threatening military rhetoric and demonstration of force", Deputy Head of the Defense Ministry's Public Council, Aleksandr Kanshin, told Interfax.

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U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson commented Tuesday that Washington is open to negotiating with Pyongyang with no prerequisites, highlighting the growing divide within the administration over how to handle the North Korean threat. A Korean source told EIR that the Korean press is reporting a meeting between North and South Korea high level representatives in China in the past days, although there appears to be no English language reporting of such a meeting.

"We remain open to dialogue when North Korea is willing to conduct a serious & credible dialogue on the peaceful denuclearization, but that time is not now". On Sept. 3, Little Rocket Man replied by detonating a hydrogen bomb northeast of Pyongyang - North Korea's most powerful nuclear test ever. "At some point, we would like to do that, but our policy has not change".

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un speaks during the Second Plenum of the 7th Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea (WPK) at the Kumsusan Palace of the Sun, in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang October 8, 2017.

"The most important thing to us would be securing those nuclear weapons that they have already developed and ensuring that nothing falls into the hands of people who we would not want to have it". The U.S. ambassador to China, Terry Branstad, repeated that position as recently as last week.

"That is our commitment we made to them".

For talks to take place, North Korea must first refrain from further provocations and "take honest and meaningful actions toward denuclearization", he added.

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