September 26, 2023

No talks until North Korea stops nuclear, missile tests: Tillerson

Secretary of State says DPRK's existence will be "guaranteed" if tests stop

The U.S. will not engage in talks with North Korea until it ceases its nuclear and missile tests, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has said, in comments quoted by a South Korean special presidential envoy on Thursday afternoon Washington DC time.

Hong Seok-hyun, a special envoy to Washington for South Korean President Moon Jae-in, told media that Secretary Tillerson wanted Pyongyang to understand that the U.S. would not engage in hostility against the country.