Tillerson says U.S. willing to talk to North Korea without pre-condition

Russia sends military delegation to North Korea

Speaking at the Atlantic Council Korea Foundation Forum in Washington on Tuesday, Tillerson said it's unrealistic to say the USA would only engage in dialogue with Pyongyang on the condition the regime abandons its nuclear development program.

"The President's views on North Korea have not changed". "North Korea is acting in an unsafe way. North Korea's actions are not good for anyone and certainly not good for North Korea", she said.

While reiterating Washington's position that it can not accept a nuclear-armed North Korea, Tillerson said the United States was "ready to talk any time they're ready to talk".

Tillerson also disclosed that the United States had been talking to China about how to secure North Korea's nuclear weapons in the event of a collapse of the government in Pyongyang, and that Beijing had been given assurances that if USA forces had to cross into North Korea, they would pull back across the border into South Korea.

"Let's just meet and we can talk about the weather if you want to". Tillerson asked rhetorically. "We can only do our part of this, and the regime is going to have to come to some decision about their future", he said. "Our only objective is to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula, and that is all", Tillerson said.

Tillerson said he would also make changes allowing sick employees to telework, streamline the portals employees use for HR purposes, simplify their travel booking system and modernize technology at the State Department to put it on the cloud.

"If they keep going, they can cross a point in which there is nothing left for us in the diplomatic community. where there is nothing else left for us to do", Tillerson said.

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"It's not realistic to say we're only going to talk if you come to the table ready to give up your program, they have too much invested in it", Tillerson said at the Atlantic Council think tank, NBC News reported.

"By and large, at the Security Council, again, they've [Russia] been very supportive of the sanctions", Tillerson said on Tuesday. "The president is very realistic about that as well".

In a rare admission of discussion of a highly sensitive topic, Tillerson said Washington has discussed with Beijing how North Korea's nuclear weapons might be secured in case of instability there.

Tillerson stressed that the US would not accept a nuclear-armed North Korea, as it flouts worldwide norms and might spread weapons technology to non-state groups in ways that other nuclear powers have not.

If diplomacy doesn't work, Tillerson said he would have "failed", and that diplomatic efforts are backed by military options.

He called on North Korea to show restraint.

The message that North Korea is now receiving, he said, is that, "we do not accept your nuclear weapons program". North Korea's exports and its ability to access oil have been affected, Tillerson said, denying it significant revenue streams. "You need to tell us you want to talk".

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