US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says Washington is still hopeful for diplomacy with North Korea amid mounting s pressure against nuclear-powered Pyongyang.
The former ExxonMobil CEO made the comments after US President Donald Trump declared North Korea a state sponsor of terror on Monday.
“We still hope for diplomacy,” Tillerson told a White House press conference. “This is all part of continuing to turn this pressure up.”
He further bragged about measures to confront North Korea, asserting that they have had a “significant effect.”
Earlier in the day, Trump announced that North Korea was being restored to the US blacklist of state sponsors of terrorism.
The measure, the US secretary of state argued, would dissuade third-party entities from doing business with the hermit state.
“The practical effect of it is … it may though disrupt, and dissuade some third parties from undertaking certain activities with North Korea, as…