U.S. urges talks with N Korea 'without preconditions'

U.S. urges talks with N Korea 'without preconditions'”

"We've said from the diplomatic side, we're ready to talk anytime North Korea would like to talk".

"But can we at least sit down and see each other face to face, and then we can begin to lay out a map, a roadmap of what we might be willing to work towards", Tillerson said.

"The Secretary outlined the United States' new South Asia Strategy and the vital role that Pakistan can play in working with the United States and others to facilitate a peace process in Afghanistan that can bring stability and security to the region", said the statement from the U.S. embassy.

"They've too much invested in it".

Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova noted that tensions escalated late last month when North Korea tested a ballistic missile and the USA responded with increased military activity in the region.

According to The Times of Israel, he made a similar statement last week: "this is not something that is going to happen this year or probably not next year but the president does want us to move in a very concrete, very steadfast way to ensure the embassy is located in Jerusalem when we're able to do so, at the earliest possible time".

Rex Tillerson

State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert on Wednesday appeared to walk back part of Tillerson's proposal, saying there would have to be a suspension of North Korean nuclear and missile tests for an undefined length of time before any talks could take place.

Feltman met with North Korea's Foreign Minister Ri Yong-Ho and Vice Foreign Minister Pak Myong-Kuk during his visit to Pyongyang over the weekend - the first by a high-ranking United Nations official since 2011.

During a trip to Beijing, Tillerson revealed that the USA had back channels to North Korea and was probing for opportunities to engage the North in dialogue. Trump, however, tweeted in October that Tillerson was "wasting his time" trying to negotiate with North Korea.

"North Korea is our neighbour".

The UK Guardian notes that Tillerson's comments could be interpreted as a final effort to get the North Koreans talking before doom comes to Pyongyang.

Russian Federation revealed on Wednesday that it had sent a military delegation to North Korea but did not disclose the goal of the visit.

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