Lavrov: Iran nuclear deal's collapse to affect North Korea crisis

  • Lavrov: Iran nuclear deal's collapse to affect North Korea crisis

Lavrov: Iran nuclear deal's collapse to affect North Korea crisis

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson indicated on Tuesday that the White House is preparing contingency plans in case North Korea collapses on its own, making sure the rogue state's nuclear arsenal is accounted for if Kim Jong Un's regime falls apart.

Tillerson said his main concern is North Korean nuclear weapons falling into the hands of non-state actors.

"The pressure campaign must and will continue until denuclearisation is achieved".

On Friday, Mr Tillerson also urged Russian Federation and China to put more pressure on Pyongyang by taking action beyond mere compliance with UN Security Council resolutions.

Tillerson said the acts of North Korea are a "clear violation" of worldwide law that "cannot be ignored", and added that the regime "must be held accountable". Pyongyang knows what to do if it is seeking engagement with the USA, he added: "They know where the door is".

"We should exercise direct diplomacy as well as sanctions". According to the report, Morgulov expressed hope that the talks between North Korea and the USA would ensure security guarantees for Pyongyang.

He said the government in Pyongyang will have to earn its way back to the negotiating table by ceasing missile tests for a sustained period.

Earlier this week, Tillerson said that while the United States can not tolerate a nuclear-armed regime, it is unrealistic to expect the regime to dismantle its nuclear program before holding talks.

He said: "Our communication channels remain open".

"We should not backtrack from that goal", Kono said. "North Korea's actions are not good for anyone and certainly not good for North Korea".

"Belligerent rhetoric and reckless show of muscle have led to a situation when the whole world is making guesses about the probability of a war", the Russian diplomat said.

The top USA diplomat, who met Thursday with Trump and Defense Secretary James Mattis, urged countries in the room to do more than just meet the letter of UN Security Council resolutions sanctioning North Korea - and called out Moscow and Beijing in particular.

It is "the most tense and unsafe security situation in the world today", UN Security General Antonio Guterres told the UN as the meeting opened.