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.”
— Chicago Tribune (@chicagotribune) March 17, 2017
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.
Tillerson's been in office for a month and a half and managed to exacerbate decades-old problems with North Korea in a single swing.
— Lily Herman (@lkherman) March 17, 2017
There are very few new ideas about North Korea out of Washington. Wake me up when Trump admin comes up with an actual plan for policy change
— Megha Rajagopalan (@meghara) March 17, 2017
Tillerson really said "meh…we tried" WHEN DISCUSSING TRYING TO AVOID NUCLEAR WAR WITH NORTH KOREA
— David Dennis Jr. (@DavidDTSS) March 17, 2017
Rex: Hi. Will you be nice to us and not use nuclear weapons?
North Korea: No.
Rex: Ok, bye. https://t.co/HLoUy4tGJb
— Jon Friedman (@friedmanjon) March 17, 2017