United States willing to start dialogue with North Korea


trumdUS Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has held a door open for dialogue with North Korea, saying Washington is willing to talk to Pyongyang if it halts its missile test launches.

“The best signal that North Korea can give us that they are prepared to talk would be to stop these missile launches.”

There was no direct reaction from North Korea to Mr Tillerson’s remarks, but in a statement after the US Secretary of State made his comments, Pyongyang

by saying it was ready to teach the United States a “severe lesson” if it attacked.

The United States has remained technically at war with North Korea since the 1950-53 Korean conflict ended in an armistice rather than a peace treaty.

 

The past six decades have been punctuated by periodic rises in antagonism and rhetoric that have always stopped short of a resumption of active hostilities.

Mr Tillerson said halting missile test launches, which have worried neighbours South Korea and Japan, was a first step toward dialogue.

He said Washington would not “specify a specific number of days or weeks” before deciding North Korea had indeed halted its tests.