Nov 20, 2017 - Politics & Policy

Tillerson: "We still hope for diplomacy" with North Korea

Tillerson led Monday's White House briefing. Photo: Evan Vucci / AP

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said the decision to put North Korea back on the list of state sponsors of terrorism is part of the "peaceful pressure campaign" against the regime. The U.S. is not out of diplomatic options, Tillerson said.

Sanctions have had an impact in North Korea, the secretary said. "We know there are significant shortages of fuel. We know that their revenue flows are down."

  • "It's very difficult for us to know if China is taking action to curtail" oil shipments to North Korea.
  • The assassination of Kim Jong-nam, Kim Jong-un's brother, in Malaysia pushed Trump to take a closer look at putting North Korea on the list, Tillerson said. He was killed with a lethal chemical weapon.
  • After Tillerson, Sanders took reporters' questions about the White House's position on Roy Moore.
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