US State Department says no policy change on DPRK

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson speaks during a forum on US-South Korea relations at the Atlantic Council in Washington DC

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Tuesday that moving the U.S. Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem could take at least three years if not longer, raising the possibility that such a move is unlikely to take place during President Trump's current term in office.

In laying out the case for talks on Tuesday, Tillerson said that an initial dialogue would serve to learn more about Kim.

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders echoed the sentiment in a statement to reporters on December 13, saying that Trump's views on North Korea haven't changed. "I'm not sure we need the footprints we have there because we don't have the same issues of urgency necessarily that we have in other parts of the world where we really need talent deployed".

CO: I think the North Koreans want legitimacy for their regime, they certainly don't want to be obliterated, they don't want to be continually threatened from what they see from the U.S. military maneuvers, threats from South Korea. "And we'll tell you what we want to put on the table".

"Dealing with Pakistan, I don't enjoy", said Tillerson at a town hall meeting with state department employees earlier today.

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Feltman said the North Koreans are very focused on the United States. Security Council behind closed doors on his visit. He said Trump endorsed his stance.

"Let's just meet and we can talk about the weather if you want to". We can talk about whether it's going to be a square table or a round table if that's what you're excited about.

"We want to work with Pakistan to stamp out terrorism within their boundaries as well, but Pakistan has to begin the process of changing its relationship with the Haqqani Network and with others".

"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". "We've had conversations with the Chinese about how that might be done", Tillerson said. This coincides with the recent surge in the frequency with which U.S. officials have been raising concerns about the proliferation of North Korean nuclear weapons.

Tillerson said the USA has assured China that in the event that American troops had to cross north of the demilitarized zone separating the two Koreas, it would retreat back south once stability returned. Are we seeing a reversal of United States policy on North Korea? "Tillerson's remarks were one of the clearest diplomatic overtures to date from the Trump administration to Pyongyang", said Foreign Policy, an American media outlet specializing in foreign affairs, while addressing Tillerson's remarks. The Reuters wire service also expressed concern about whether Trump is fully backing the efforts by Tillerson, whose influence in the administration is waning. Trump, however, tweeted in October that Tillerson was "wasting his time" trying to negotiate with North Korea. On Sept. 3, Little Rocket Man replied by detonating a hydrogen bomb northeast of Pyongyang - North Korea's most powerful nuclear test ever. "If we were to hint anything for dialogue, we'd be losing clout".

Russian President Vladimir Putin has urged the US and South Korea to engage North Korea in diplomacy instead of economic sanctions to dissuade nuclear threats, warning against an escalation of tensions. Some Blue House officials also raised doubts about whether Tillerson's remarks represented the official position of the USA government.

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