Korea contradictions emerge as Tillerson heads to Asia

US to exempt journalists, aid workers from N. Korea travel ban

North Korea travel ban to take effect next month

The exemptions are contained in documents that will accompany a formal announcement of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's determination to ban US citizens from traveling to North Korea. But the consensus driven organization is reluctant to take punitive action, and is expected to call for all sides to reduce tensions through dialogue, more in accordance with China's position.

"We are trying to convey to the North Koreans we are not your enemy, we are not your threat, but you are presenting an unacceptable threat to us, and we have to respond", he said.

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will travel to the Philippines for the ARF then visit Thailand and Malaysia, where he will discuss "denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, maritime security, and counterterrorism", the State Department said.

President Donald Trump's administration has said all options are on the table in dealing with North Korea, including military ones.

The State Department issued a notice in the Federal Register on Wednesday declaring USA passports invalid for travel to, in or through North Korea.

The missile launched by North Korea travelled about 1,000 km before splashing down into the sea, Pentagon spokesman Jeff Davis said in a statement.

And he continued to push for Chinese help to keep pressure on North Korea due to their special economic relationship. But Trump's top diplomat he says he's comfortable in his job and in his relationship with the commander in chief. But, she continued, "we think that they can do a lot more".

In his rare appearance before reporters at the State Department, Tillerson defended his efforts to translate Trump's "American First" slogan into a foreign policy that can engage other nations.

China accounts for 90 per cent of economic activity with North Korea, Tillerson said, adding that the Chinese have been very clear with the U.S. that they share the same objective of a denuclearised Korean Peninsula. Over the past decade, at least 16 US citizens have been detained, including Warmbier.

The deal Iran signed with world powers to curb its nuclear program comes with an implicit promise that the Islamic Republic will be a "good neighbor". Tillerson said "neither I nor the president are very happy" about new sanctions legislation from Congress but "we'll work with it". He suggested the Trump administration may not continue to find Iran is in compliance with the multinational accord. USA interests there are represented by the Swedish embassy.

There are now still three US citizens in detention in North Korea.

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