By Tyler Durden (Zero Hedge): 4 July, 2017
In response to the overnight news that North Korea had conducted its first ever ICBM test – despite both the US and Russia saying the Hwaswong 14 missile launched was at best an intermediate-range rocket… moments ago Sec. State Rex Tillerson issued a statement, in which he said that “testing an ICBM represents a new escalation of the threat to the United States, our allies and partners, the region, and the world.”
He said that the “U.S. seeks only the peaceful denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and the end of threatening actions by North Korea. As we, along with others, have made clear, we will never accept a nuclear-armed North Korea.” The problem is that North Korea is now not only nuclear-armed but, according to today’s events, it is close to being able to deliver the nuclear package to the US.
Which is why Tillerson, stopping short of endorsing military action, said that “we intend to bring North Korea’s provocative action before the UN Security Council and enact stronger measures to hold the DPRK accountable.” The secretary of state also said that President Trump, and the national security team continued to assess situation.