"Military Action Is On The Table": Tillerson Warns "Patience" With North Korea Has Ended

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The U.S. policy of "strategic patience" with North Korea has ended, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said in South Korea on Friday quoted by Reuters, adding that military action would be "on the table" if North Korea elevated the threat level. Tillerson said that 20 years of trying to persuade North Korea to abandon its nuclear program had "failed" and that he was visiting Asia “to exchange views on a new approach.”

“I think it’s important to recognize that the political and diplomatic efforts of the past 20 years to bring North Korea to the point of denuclearization have failed,” Tillerson said. "Let me be very clear: the policy of strategic patience has ended. We are exploring a new range of security and diplomatic measures. All options are on the table," Tillerson told a news conference in Seoul and added that any North Korean actions that threatened the South would be met with "an appropriate response."

Rex Tillerson speaks as South Korean Foreign Minister Yun Byung-Se looks on

during a news conference in Seoul, South Korea March 17, 2017.

"If they elevate the threat of their weapons program to a level that we believe requires action, that option is on the table," Tillerson said when asked about military action.

The harshly worded warning came as Tillerson began his first Asian visit as secretary of state; after Japan and South Korea, he will travel to China on Saturday with a main focus on finding a "new approach" on North Korea after what he described as two decades of failed efforts to denuclearize the insular nation.

Soon after Tillerson’s remarks, in a sign of mounting tensions, the North Korean Embassy held an extraordinary news conference in Beijing to blame the potential for nuclear war on the United States while vowing that its homegrown nuclear testing program will continue in self-defense, the WaPo added. North Korea has amassed a sizable nuclear stockpile and appears at the brink of being able to strike the U.S. mainland and American allies in Asia. The rising threat from the isolated military dictatorship has prompted the Trump administration to begin assessing its options for how to respond and serves as an early test for how the president will confront an increasingly volatile international situation.

Tillerson also called on China to implement sanctions against North Korea and said there was no need for China to punish South Korea for deploying an advanced U.S. anti-missile system aimed at defending against North Korea. In recent weeks China has lashed out at the Korean deployment of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system's powerful radar, saying it is a threat to its security.

"We believe these actions are unnecessary and troubling," Tillerson said, referring to what South Korea sees as Chinese retaliation in the form of business restrictions in response to the deployment of the missile system. "We also believe it is not the way for a regional power to help resolve what is a serious threat for everyone. So we hope China will alter its position on punishing South Korea. We hope they will work with us to eliminate the reason THAAD is required."

South Korean Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se told the joint news conference the missile system was only intended to defend against North Korea, not any other country, although China clearly does not see it that way.

North Korea has conducted two nuclear tests and a series of missile launches since the beginning of last year. Last week, it launched four more ballistic missiles and is working to develop nuclear-tipped missiles that can reach the United States. Meanwhile, China has resented U.S. pressure to do more on North Korea and says it is doing all it can but will not take steps to threatened the livelihoods of the North Korean people. Beijing has urged North Korea to stop its nuclear and missile tests and said South Korea and the United States should stop joint military exercises and seek talks instead.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying reiterated that talks were the best way to resolve the problems of the Korean peninsula. "As a close neighbor of the peninsula, China has even more reason than any other country to care about the situation," she told a briefing.

Hua also said the THAAD would "upset the regional strategic balance". Its radar, with a range of more than 2,000 km (1,250 miles), meant it could cover a large part of China, far outside the scope of the threat South Korea faces, Hua said. "We do not oppose South Korean taking necessary measures to protect its security, but these measures cannot be based upon harming the security interests of South Korea's friendly neighbor, China," she said.

Meanwhile, as previewed one week ago, the odds of an unexpected North Korean WMD attack are rising. According to the Predata-Beyond Parallel concultancy's prediction model, there was a 43% chance of North Korean WMD activity taking place in the next 14 days (as of last Friday), while in the next 23 days, there is a 62% chance for North Korean WMD activity. Beyond Parallel defines WMD activity as nuclear tests and ballistic missile launches. A military response by the US now looks increasingly probable.

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Shemp 4 Victory's picture

Flagged as #Cowering-American

otschelnik's picture

T.Rex is just telling 'em that there'll be no more shipments of free wheat and fuel oil to NK like they got from Bill-Bush-Obummer. 

BigFatUglyBubble's picture

Why not do it diplomatically in private?  Why make passive-agressive threats of ultra-violence that stirs up the publics anxiety and fears?  Just look at comments section here.

cossack55's picture

Justifies the extra $54 billion to the MIC

Arrest Hillary's picture

57 Bwillion would be o'better .... a bwillion for each O'state of the O'union ?

Arrest Hillary's picture

I give you a passive/aggressive down vote ?

BigFatUglyBubble's picture

I'd like to see your avatar come to fruition, but it's not going to happen.  SAD!

Miss Informed's picture

Great point, one could even ask "Why do it at all"?

Arrest Hillary's picture

No more Carter/Albright fuel rods .... Russia got 20% of our Uranium stockpile ?

buzzsaw99's picture

Judgment Day is inevitable. [/Terminator]

Vido's picture

Can i pre-order the game ? 

Sandmann's picture

"We also believe it is not the way for a regional power to help resolve what is a serious threat for everyone. So we hope China

Tillerson is bonkers calling China "a regional power".......

Looks like China will be building cobalt weapons for US cities

Capitalist With A Razor's picture

"Tillerson is bonkers calling China "a regional power"......."


There it is. You picked up on the whole point.


This is about walking the Chicoms down memory lane, before the squirrels get another green light, Tonkin style. These SOB's in DC...are smoking their own dope for so many generations @ the Parlor Officer level...there's no global reference anymore. Fuck the swamp. Check the FARM. 

brushhog's picture

I totally hope that they can take out Kim and confiscate every last nuclear weapon from N korea. However, putting myself in N Korea's shoes, it would be madness to "abandon" it's nuclear program. Only a truly arrogant, diluded person can read Tillerson's statement and not be shocked by hypocrisy.

“I think it’s important to recognize that the political and diplomatic efforts of the past 20 years to bring North Korea to the point of denuclearization have failed,” Tillerson said. "Let me be very clear: the policy of strategic patience has ended. We are exploring a new range of security and diplomatic measures. All options are on the table,"

aaah...why on earth would they abandon their nukes? So the US could invade? Has the US "abandoned" it's nuclear program? Of course not! So stupid.

Kaeako's picture

Logic and common sense have no room in this discussion. The homeland is threatened. Every citizen must do their duty to protect it.

brushhog's picture

Imagine if me and you were pointing guns at each other, and I say..'Ive done everything I can to get Keaedo to drop his gun but he has refuse ( while my gun remains pointed at your head ) now its time for me to take action. This guy is just crazy and unreasonable'.

Kaeako's picture

But we're not pointing guns at each other. Kaeako is pointing a paintball gun and brushhog is pointing a cannon. Sure, if I shoot you in the eye it will do some damage, but I know that if I shoot you in the eye you're going to blast me into a thousand pieces. It makes zero sense for me to shoot you in the eye, even when you appear to be a paranoid maniac hellbent on forcing your world view on everyone else, but maybe the threat of losing your eye will stop you from shooting the cannon.

Dilluminati's picture

This is not a movie where you can just shove dear leader down a slide and tell him not to shoot hs eye out

Dear leader does not waddle and remain fat due to spoons

the fallacy is classic


Kaeako's picture

Dear leader is mostly concerned with the preservation of dear leader and his gang of merry party officials. Inaction in the face of the regime-changer-extraordinaire does not fit the bill. Neither does inviting nuclear annihilation. Therefore the only logical course of action is the middle ground. The only question then is the sanity of the indispensable country.

Miss Informed's picture

And they always tell us the NK leadership is "paranoid". Its not like the world's most powerful military keeps telling them "we're going to fuck you up" or anything, right?

Dilluminati's picture

Not necessarily, lets sey that that person keeps coming to my front door, again and again, and again..

sooner or later it becomes a home invasion and the owning of a gun to protect your home is not a crime.

your argument reminds me of the fat people are fat due to spoons argument, a classical fallacy

Dilluminati's picture

The NK have pissed in the face of US administration after US administration

the corporate press has reported these deals and agreements as progress


South Korea gives the technology needed to build the weapons to NK that China doesn't steal

Now nuclear missles from NK can reach California

I say build a wall and make Caifornia pay for it and stop appeasing the filthy Chicoms



squid's picture

Ahhh, come on, Libya and Iraq gave up their nuclear weapons programs and are just fine.., wait a minute....



trulz4lulz's picture

Libya gave up their entire armed forces! They had a great social infrastructure for regpeeps! A glimner of hope on the continent of Africa, apeesement after apeesement, and they still got flattened to use as a springboard and training grounds for CIA funded and Pentagram funded terrorist cells. So yeah. Not hard to believe that NK isnt buying Washingrons bullshit, everything out of their shit eating head holes is a lie. ALWAYS.

pine_marten's picture

Jeez this gets old.

TaxMeIAmCanadian's picture

War is coming, somewhere! Gotta cover up the stupidity of the last 50 years!

silverer's picture

Russia closed off the game in the middle east. Time to move the war.

Zero-Hegemon's picture

Thanks Bill Clinton, for sending North Korea all that surplus nuke technology back in the '90s.

Dilluminati's picture

It was Al Gore

and Loral




and as a bonus read the CNN article claims spoons make fat people fat

"Did a Chinese plot persuade Clinton to let a U.S. company give China its rocket science? No. Politics (and policy) did"

F0cking filthy Chicom's


Miss Informed's picture

I was hopeful that there would be change with Trump. But it looks like everything is going to be the same. The US intervening everywhere, getting in everybody's business, lecturing everyone, war for special interests, war for the Jews, war for the mob. What I wouldn't give to see these assholes shut the fuck up and leave everyone alone. They are not happy to leave anyone in peace. I would love to see Tillerson be the shut the fuck up Secretary of State. Restore the rule of law. Bring the military home, and use the money to give us a renewable energy economy and clean up the environment. But the people at the top of the society are predators, they don't know any other way to frame things. They are like psychopaths. For them winning is humiliating and destroying others.

Arrest Hillary's picture

You wanted Hillary on top .... trickle down pussy juice ?

Armed Resistance's picture

The fourth grade bell just rang. Time to run to social studies my little neo-troll.

WTFUD's picture

So fucking what Tillerson? The world has tried to rein in American Terrorism for many more decades.

Aristofani's picture

"axis of evil", ohblahblah....the neo-con plan keeps marching on....tRump will probably get shitted out soon and their main bum boy pence will take over.

Arrest Hillary's picture

People who defend the Norks .... may also like ISIS ?

Armed Resistance's picture

The propagandists are out in full force this morning! This statement is devoid of rational thought and is an emotionally positioned link to the CIA created group. Let me reverse engineer this one for you with one of my own:

Anyone who defends perpetual unprovoked war and the fiat dollar....may like Neocon American politics.

WTFUD's picture

In his defense 'dummkopf' Arrest Hillary's only been here 29 weeks. This said, if he-she doesn't know US Inc. ( & Vassals ) Armed, Trained & Supported ISIS/DAESH then he/she should piss-off back to the Wishington Pissed/CNN for further Indoctrination.

Shemp 4 Victory's picture


In his defense 'dummkopf' Arrest Hillary's only been here 29 weeks.

He's been performing his stale act here in the role of "alternative gifted" troll at least 5 years or so under the stage names of Monetas and then Monedas.

escapeefromOZ's picture




America Has Been At War 93% of the Time – 222 Out of 239 Years – Since 1776



The USA narrative is pure BULL dust . They are the ones provoking the wars . Trump is juts another neocon 

Miss Informed's picture

Is there any escape from it? It seems to me they will keep pushing furiously until the world is engulfed in flames.

trulz4lulz's picture

Yes. Simultanious megaton detonations off the west and east coast of america, tsunami. Then Chicago gets hit and the levees break. Probably a couple bunker busters into the lizards hidden dens too, the russkies and chinese know where those are id wager. Kinetic WW3 will last less than 96 hours.

FreeShitter's picture

Rex is jusy trying to get oil to go higher, rumors aint working no mo'.

Let it Go's picture

Some problems have no easy solutions and how to deal with a North Korea that is again threatening war is one of them. The proximity of Seoul to the world's most heavily armed border would let the North Koreans cause a lot of casualties and damage in the initial stages of an attack.

It is very important America and people throughout the world realize and internalize the potential for a million or more dead North Koreans and many of their neighbors to the south, this does make this situation dire indeed. The article below was written as sort of a short "Korean 101" course for those wanting the basics. 


silverer's picture

The military contract recipients are moving to bigger safety deposit boxes immediately!

orangegeek's picture

Vaporize that fat NK troll and his band of minions and merge the north and south.


That NK is allowed to starve its own and exist is a fucking disgrace.

Miss Informed's picture

Vaporizin' goes both ways fella

SHADEWELL's picture

Great..we'll all be one big cinder, but that fat mother fucking troll wont be drinking $100,000.00 botlles of wine anymore [as his people starve to death and are beaten tortured and slaughtered in death camps because they dared to say something perceived as "negative"]. He will be in that same big pile of ash as the people he and his degenerate family tree have tortured for over 100 years...then all your money and power become irrelevant instantly

Then he gets to explain what he did with his life,,,that should  be a fun experience for that degenerate fucking ass hole

Anarchyteez's picture

Absolutely correct! Human rights from hell.

Fuck Kim Dongdouche and his Chinese proxy pain in the worlds ass of country.