Tillerson says missile strikes carry a message for others

Apr 10, 2017, 00:38
Tillerson says missile strikes carry a message for others

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson told CBS's "Face the Nation" in an interview aired Sunday that China's President Xi Jingping agrees with USA assessment that action must be taken against the growing threat posed by North Korea's expanded nuclear and ballistic missile tests.

Speaking with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Trump "made clear that the United States will continue to strengthen its ability to deter and defend itself and its allies with the full range of its military capabilities", the White House said in a statement.

Carl Schuster, former director of operations at the U.S. Pacific Command's Joint Intelligence Center, said, "They [Japan] can bomb anyone landing on one of Japan's main islands...but they can't strike Chinese or North Korean air bases or missile sites".

Trump, since coming to power in January, has been careful to assure Japan that the U.S., which guarantees Tokyo's security, has its back in the face of North Korean provocations.

Returning nuclear weapons to South Korea, which were removed 25 years ago, would be the first nuclear deployment since the Cold War ended.

While calling the extension of sanctions a mere symbolic gesture as they have not thwarted Pyongyang's belligerence, he said it is "the only thing that Japan can do".

The hermit nation's ambassador to Moscow has said it was prepared to "the most ruthless blow" in a war with the U.S. for even the "smallest provocation".

On the agenda, the two leaders are expected to discuss the growing threat from Pyongyang.

North Korea recently conducted nuclear tests which, for obvious reasons, wasn't received well by many powerful countries.

"But the Trump administration can not accept a nuclear launch".

The roughly 35-minute phone call between Abe and Trump was set up by Japan for the leaders to exchange views on North Korea and other regional issues, Hagiuda said.

The EU also added four people to its blacklist of those subject to travel bans and asset freezes because of links to the North Korean leadership and weapons program.

"China will either decide to help us with North Korea or they won't".

He reportedly stressed that "all options are on the table", a statement he has made multiple times when addressing the North Korean nuclear and ballistic missile threat to the USA and its allies.

Analysts said the Chinese President may be reluctant to put more pressure on Kim Jong-un, feeling he has already done enough to support the sanctions already in place, fearing the potential chaos on his border, if North Korea comes under more pressure and destabilizes. North Korea has violated these resolutions many times in the past.