Transcript for Tillerson says 'communication channels remain open' with North Korea
North Korea must earn its way back to the table. The pressure commit campaign must and will continue. Until being characterization is achieved. We will in the meantime. Keep our channels of communication. Open we have been clearer. That all options remain on the table in the defense of our nation. But we do not seek nor do we Walt war with North Korea. The United States will use all necessary measures to defend itself against North Korean aggression. But our hope remains that diplomacy will produce the resolution. You previously said that a precondition to talks with North Korea is a regime agreeing to give up its nuclear. And ballistic missile capabilities on Tuesday said that wasn't realistic. And today. He didn't mention the issue at all despite losing your prepared remarks does it rate remain a precondition for the United States. And arguing president trump on the same page on whether and when to engage in talks. The president's policy on North Korea's quite clear that matters no bailout at all between the president's policy in the pursuit of that policy. And the president it's been very clear. That we're going to relieve this pressure campaign we're going to unite the international community and we're going to keep the pressure as. As much as we can and increase it were possible. Most recently the president called president sheet. Personally and asked him for China to cut the all supplies often appropriate to increase this pressure. That is intended to lead to diplomatic talks in the meantime the president's rumored clear militarily we are going to be prepared. Should something go wrong and our military is prepared. With respect to the talks. The pretended we are not going to accept preconditions. You heard others have called for freeze for freeze we do not accept a freeze for freeze as a precondition to talks. We do not accept any relaxing of the sanctioned regime as a precondition talks we do not accept a resumption of humanitarian assistance. As a precondition talks. So we are not going to serve preconditions for these talks. But as I indicated in mark remarks. Are communication communication channel remain open. North Korea knows there are open. They know where the door is they know where to walk through that door when they want to talk thank you.
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