Rex Tillerson injects SANITY into US foreign policy on North Korea, Russia and beyond
Rex Tillerson injects SANITY into US foreign policy on North Korea, Russia and beyond by Adam Garrie – The Duran
Rex Tillerson’s calm, logical and pragmatic approach begs the question: is he really in charge of US foreign policy and if not, why not?
Rex Tillerson has emerged from his time off, defying rumours of an early retirement. His recent statements made on the biggest issues of the day, mark a sharp contrast from the statements of the majority of American’s Congressmen and women as well as many voices from inside the Trump administration.
While Nikki Haley, the US Ambassador to the UN has disparaged the institution she is an ambassador to, saying that discussions on North Korea are ‘pointless’, Rex Tillerson offered a totally different perspective, one that is more rational and safer given that Haley’s remarks suggest military action is on the table. Tillerson’s remarks by contrast, unambiguously rule out military action.
Our full statement on the North Korean ICBM launch: pic.twitter.com/8tIaaTVkSF
— Nikki Haley (@nikkihaley) July 30, 2017
Tillerson said the following in respect of North Korea,
“We do not seek regime change, we do not seek a collapse of the regime, we do not seek an accelerated reunification of the peninsula, we do not seek an excuse to send our military north of the 38th Parallel.
We are not your enemy….but you are presenting an unacceptable threat to us … we hope that at some point (North Korea) will begin to understand that and we would like to sit and have a dialogue with them”.
— Department of State (@StateDept) August 2, 2017
Tillerson’s remarks would appear to bring US policy (as articulated exclusively by him) closer to the joint position of North Korea’s neighbours, China and Russia.
Both China and Russia have set out their terms for solving the issues in North Korea clearly. The points Russia and China have made at the United Nations among other places include
–a request that the US, Japan and South Korea cease military exercises in and around the Korean peninsula
–a request that the US cease future deliveries of the THAAD missile systems to South Korea
–a request that North Korea cease its missile tests
–a call for dialogue between all parties, including Pyongyang to reach a deal on de-escalation on the Korean peninsula
–a rejection of crippling sanctions on North Korea which would cause deprivation among civilians
Tillerson’s remarks are the first statements from any major US official which give any hope that the United States might seek to at least meet Russia and China halfway in requests which are not only reasonable but objectively good for the cause of peace.
Tillerson’s statement marks a departure not only from Nikki Haley’s arrogant and bellicose rhetoric but it also marks a departure from Donald Trump’s multiple Tweets which seek to paint North Korea as a Chinese issue, as though Pyongyang functions as a protectorate of China which it never has and most certainly does not do now.
China has repeatedly emphasised its discontent with Trump for seeking to ‘outsource’ the North Korea issue to China while somehow implicating China as responsible for the decisions taken by the sovereign state of North Korea, a state which due to its particular style of government is among the most sovereign minded countries in modern history.