Military action “an option” against North Korea if it elevates weapons programme threat
Military action against North Korea is “an option on the table”, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has said during a visit to South Korea.
He said the policy of “strategic patience” had ended and the US was exploring a new range of diplomatic, security and economic measures.
North Korea has sparked concern with recent missile and nuclear tests.
Mr Tillerson spoke shortly after visiting the Demilitarized Zone which divides the two Koreas.
He arrived in South Korea from Japan, where he said that 20 years of efforts aimed at persuading North Korea to abandon its nuclear ambitions had failed.
Asked if the possibility for military action existed, he said: “Certainly we do not want to, for things to get to military conflict.”
But he said: “If they elevate the threat of their weapons programme to a level that we believe requires action, then, that option’s on the table.”