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U.S. mulls new N. Korea plan after futile strategic patience

Mar 17, 2017, 6:32 AM EDT
U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson meets with Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida in Tokyo, Japan, on March 16, 2017.
(Source: U.S. Embassy Tokyo/flickr)

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, on an official visit to South Korea, said that Washington is deliberating new diplomatic, security and economic measures against N. Korea as the policy of strategic patience with the reclusive state has met a futile end. Tillerson added that military action could be an option if N. Korea escalates the threat levels with its expanding nuclear and missile programs.

Brushing asides the allegations that deployment of T.H.A.A.D. in the Korean peninsula compromises China’s security, Tillerson urged Beijing to rethink its recent business sanctions on S. Korea, which are being viewed as a retaliatory measure, notes Reuters.

The U.S., which accuses China of being soft on N. Korea, seeks to forge stronger ties with other Asian allies including Japan to counter rising threat from Pyongyang, reports Al Jazeera. China defends its approach towards the North while describing the “deeply ingrained “mutual distrust between Washington and Pyongyang” as the root of the tension.