No negotiations can be held with North Korea until it improves its behavior, a White House official said on Wednesday, raising questions about USA secretary of State Rex Tillerson's offer to begin talks with Pyongyang any time and without pre-conditions. "We are ready to talk any time they'd like to talk", Tillerson said, according to Sputnik.
"The Secretary outlined the United States' new South Asia Strategy and the vital role that Pakistan can play in working with the United States and others to facilitate a peace process in Afghanistan that can bring stability and security to the region", said the statement from the USA embassy.
"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".
"They've too much invested in it".
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On Saturday Russia's Foreign Affairs Minister Sergei Lavrov reiterated his country's condemnation of the missile test . Pyongyang has been under United Nations sanctions since 2006 over its ballistic missiles and nuclear programs.
"Given North Korea's most recent missile test, clearly right now is not the time", a White House National Security Council spokesman told Reuters Thursday. "Talk about whether it's going to be a square table or a round table, if that's what you are excited about".
The presidential Blue House said Wednesday that Tillerson's remarks re-emphasized the USA position to encourage Pyongyang to return to a dialogue table. In two public appearances Tuesday, he warned that these efforts would continue until "the first bomb drops" and that Washington "simply can not accept a nuclear-armed North Korea ".
The Secretary of State nevertheless maintained there are "multiple military options that have been developed to deal with a failure on my part", by which he meant his failure to convince North Korea to give up on nuclear weapons. Park says that if dialogue can help denuclearize the regime the allies are willing to hold talks through diverse channels.
The US Embassy, in a statement released, said the secretary of state reiterated President Trump's message that Pakistan must increase its efforts to "eradicate militants and terrorists operating within the country". Trump in October had told Tillerson that he is "wasting his time" trying to negotiate with the North. North Korea is acting in an unsafe way not only toward Japan, China, and South Korea, but the entire world.