Tillerson stresses diplomacy on North Korea amid threats

Sep 26, 2017, 00:52
Tillerson stresses diplomacy on North Korea amid threats

President Donald Trump's speech at the United Nations on Tuesday was met with fierce criticism in the media.

Mr. Tillerson was responding to reports that Ms. Haley, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, was positioning herself to take over for him as secretary of state.

The top diplomat's remarks came less than an hour after President Trump heightened the war of words with North Korea. It is Haley who has to take Trump's coarse ideas and often-contradictory policy pronouncements and translate them to the world in a more palatable mix.

Trump on Wednesday said he has decided without divulging what that is.

Tillerson is on the side of the global community urging Trump to stay in the accord; the restrictions on Iran, such as they are, are better than leaving them unchecked.

Weeks after the United Nations sanctions passed, Tillerson said that North Korea's relative silence meant they were ready for negotiations, a stance reiterated in a mid-August Wall Street Journal op-ed. The task required some tricky diplomacy with China and Russian Federation, and won admiration among important United States allies.

At the same time, she stressed that for now the "diplomatic option" remains the main one for addressing the North Korean nuclear threat.

Haley, who was born Nimrata Randhawa, is the daughter of Indian Sikh immigrants from Punjab.

She is widely viewed as within the GOP as a future presidential candidate.

Analysts said Haley would pursue a different course at State than Tillerson, who has focused on cutting the budget and the bureaucracy in the name of efficiency. "But she would be a more capable spokesperson for the Trump administration's foreign policy".

"You had the president and the Secretary-General rolling out massive reforms for the U.N. What was extraordinary was we had 130 countries that have now signed on to that reform. I think that's been the overall theme from the worldwide community this week is how straightforward he was and how refreshing it was as they heard him speak", Haley said.

After Haley on Thursday professed not to worry about public talk about her ambitions, a reporter followed up: "Do you want to be secretary of state?"

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