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Secretary Tillerson releases statement on North Korea

NHK reported at noon that in response to the latest missile launch by North Korea, Secretary of State Tillerson released a statement in which he said: “North Korea’s provocative missile launch represents the second time the people of Japan, a treaty ally of the United States, have been directly threatened in recent weeks.” The Secretary also said in the statement: “We call on all nations to take new measures against the Kim regime.” An NHK reporter said the Secretary also named China and Russia in the statement and called for further actions, adding that this shows the Secretary’s frustration over the lack of effective measures against the North. The reporter said the USG wants to tighten the noose around North Korea by applying increased pressure through diplomatic and economic measures, adding that President Trump will probably call for cooperation from all relevant nations when he attends his first UN General Assembly meeting next week. 

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