Published: Fri, March 17, 2017
Life&Culture | By Ted Wilson

Turkey Says Tillerson to Visit on March 30

Turkey Says Tillerson to Visit on March 30

On Thursday, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson acknowledged the strained diplomatic relations between the USA and North Korea and said the time has come for a "different approach".

He pointedly noted that 20 years of "diplomatic and other efforts" had failed to dissuade the isolated communist government from developing its nuclear program, which he called an "ever-escalating threat".

His visit comes after North Korea said earlier this year it was ready to test a ballistic missile that could threaten the USA mainland.

"It is critical in particular as we address North Korea's nuclear and ballistic missiles programs", he added. The president has said that South Korea "makes a fortune on us" while the USA defends it, and has accused Japan of "currency manipulation".

"We were deeply concerned to hear that Secretary Tillerson plans to travel to Beijing, Seoul and Tokyo to hold key meetings about some of the most important foreign policy issues for the United States without any traveling press", wrote several bureau chiefs in a letter to State. He said the $1.35 billion (€1.25 billion) in USA aid given to the reclusive Stalinist state over the last two decades was "an encouragement to take a different pathway" but the strategy had failed.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is traveling around East Asia with only one reporter in tow, and the major media outlets are freaking out.

Tillerson said he would conduct a "comprehensive examination" of how the State Department's programs are run and how the department is structured.

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Commenting on the new positive signs, Paal said he is now "more optimistic" about the China-U.S. ties than when Trump was inaugurated on January 20. His decision to visit Japan first demonstrates its importance to the a diplomatic partner in Asia.

The State Department Correspondents Association said it was "disappointed" by the change in procedure.

Toner said Tillerson, the former CEO of the oil giant Exxon Mobil, would use "resources the right way, and personnel the right way, in order to ensure that the mission is being accomplished". Tokyo was his first stop, where he met with Kishida and later with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

Attempts to denuclearise North Korea over the past 20 years have failed, according the US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. He said the cut reflects expectations the US will be involved in fewer military conflicts and its aid programs can become more effective and attract resources from other countries.

Now, certain outlets are upset because Tillerson is not traveling alone; he is actually traveling with a reporter from a right-wing publication who is not a member of the press pool. Kishida said this is a matter of legal interpretation, and thus "something to be decided by the USA government", but added that he and Tillerson will "keep in close contact" on the matter.

While the USA and its allies in Seoul and Tokyo implore Beijing to press its economic leverage over North Korea, the Chinese have emphasized their desire to relaunch diplomatic talks - a non-starter for the US under current conditions.

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