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'Strategic patience' with North Korea has ended, says Tillerson

21 March 2017

The administration of US president Donald Trump is not willing to follow a policy of "strategic patience" with North Korea and would consider military options should Pyongyang elevate the threat posed by its weapons programme, US secretary of state Rex Tillerson said during a visit to South Korea on 17 March.

"Efforts towards North Korea to achieve peaceful stability over the last two decades have failed to make us safer. The United States and our allies have repeatedly reassured North Korea's leaders that we seek only peace, stability, and economic prosperity for Northeast Asia. As proof of our intent, America has provided USD1.3 billion in assistance to North Korea since 1995.

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