|Tillerson lands in South Korea.|
“We’re exploring a new range of diplomatic, security and economic measures. All options are on the table,” Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said at a news conference in Seoul with Yun Byung-se, the South Korean foreign ministe., adding that while the U.S. did not want military conflict, threats “would be met with an appropriate response.”
“If they elevate the threat of their weapons program to a level that we believe requires action, that option is on the table,” he said.
“At this point, it’s almost the inevitable next step in the escalation. The only thing is that we’ve never been here before,” said Hahm Chai-bong, the president of the Asan Institute for Policy Studies in Seoul. . “The U.S. and South Korea have never put this much pressure on North Korea or responded in such a direct way before.”
Yesterday, Tillerson said that diplomatic talks with North Korea had failed.