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US Secretary Of State Tillerson Pisses Off North Korea After Only A Month In Office, Thanks Obama

ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson delivers remarks on the release of a report by the National Petroleum Council on oil drilling in the Arctic, in Washington. On Saturday, Dec. 10, 2016, President-elect Donald Trump moved closer to nominating Tillerson as his secretary of state, meeting privately with the business leader for the second time in a week. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)
ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson delivers remarks on the release of a report by the National Petroleum Council on oil drilling in the Arctic, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

The North Korean Embassay in Beijing held a news conference today in response to US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s recent remarks on the country’s active nuclear testing program. North Korean Embassy official Pak Myong-ho said, “The joint military exercises by the hostile forces are aimed at preemptive strikes against the DPRK [Democratic People’s Republic of Korea]. Therefore, the peace and stability of the Korean Peninsula is under serious threat. Now the situation in already on the brink of nuclear war.”

Tillerson’s remarks during his six-day trip to Asia, which will end in this week in China. He had said, “I think it’s important to recognize that the political and diplomatic efforts of the past 20 years to bring North Korea to the point of denuclearization have failed.”

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi has called the US and North Korea “two accelerating trains,” and warned that the “tension may lead to conflict.” While stopping in Tokyo, however, Tillerson tried to put the brakes on any US-Korea military responses, saying, “North Korea and its people need not fear the United States or their neighbors in the region who seek only to live in peace with North Korea.”

Amid the animosity, Twitter has joined in on the debate by blaming Tillerson for sparking tensions that were seemingly unnecessary.

[Via ChicagoTribune]

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