19 December, 2017
North Korean UN Ambassador Ja Song-nam's subsequent speech, where he treated North Korea's status as a nuclear power as a fait accompli and dismissed calls to denuclearization, could be seen as a response to this.
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Tillerson told the UN Security Council that a "sustained cessation of North Korea's threatening behaviour must occur before talks can begin", apparently after coming under pressure from President Donald Trump's White House to toughen his stance.
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's declaration before the United Nations Security Council marked an about-face after he proposed discussions with Pyongyang without preconditions earlier this week.
Kono said last week's visit to Pyongyang by United Nations political chief Jeffrey Feltman "only reconfirmed the dire reality" that North Korea "is nowhere near ready" to abandon its nuclear and missile programs, "nor is it interested in returning to a meaningful dialogue".
That remark caused the White House to reiterate President Trump's views on the situation "have not changed".
"North Korea's growing capabilities reflect a direct threat to our security and the security of the entire world", Tillerson said.
North Koreans "alone are responsible for these tensions, they alone must take responsibility for these tensions, and they alone can solve these tensions", Tillerson said.
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Tillerson also dismissed concerns that United Nations sanctions are having an impact on North Korea's humanitarian crisis, saying Pyongyang "hypocritically spends billions" on military programs "while its own people suffer great poverty". Speaking at Washington's Atlantic Council think tank on December 12, the USA secretary of state offered North Korea's authorities to "just meet" and "talk about the weather". North Korean media reported that party leaders such as Vice Marshal Choi Ryong-hae, Ri Su-yong, and Kim Pyong-hae took part in the ceremony.
"North Korea must earn its way back to the table", Tillerson said.
The institute predicted that it will probably be at the end of 2018 when North Korean makes "inevitable concessions with the worldwide community". Tillerson also said about full military readiness of the U.S. due to persistent provocations from Pyongyang, but affirmed that the diplomatic efforts will continue "until the first bomb drops". This lack of coordination between the White House and State Department will only chip away at the worldwide community's hopes for the USA government.
Tillerson extended that challenge to other countries that have been slow to fully implement existing resolutions on North Korea, saying that it calls "into question whether your vote is a commitment to words only, but not actions".
"The hope for peace is not totally obliterated", said Chinese Deputy Ambassador Wu Haitao.
As long-term allies of North Korea, the two countries are key players in enforcing the sanctions. "We do not regard this claim as an empty threat".
Rising tensions between the USA and North Korea, which conducted its largest nuclear test in September and fired off a powerful ICBM in late November, have raised deep concern worldwide.
"It is time to immediately re-establish and strengthen communication channels, including inter-Korean and military-to-military channels", Guterres said.