U.S. travel ban on N. Korea to take effect September 1

Katrina Barker
August 4, 2017

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson attends a joint news conference with Qatar's foreign minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani in Doha, Qatar, July 11, 2017.

The State Department issued a notice in the Federal Register on Wednesday declaring USA passports invalid for travel to, in or through North Korea.

US-Thai relations have warmed this year, after the election of President Donald Trump.

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said that the United States has reached a pivot point in its relationship with China.

Tillerson's remarks came days after the DPRK launched its second intercontinental ballistic missile in a month.

"But North Korea's latest ICBM tests shifted the bar".

"We do not seek a 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", he said.

A war with North Korea would be catastrophic.

"We are not your enemy. but you are presenting an unacceptable threat to us, and we have to respond". However, given the potential for massive casualties from North Korean retaliation in allied South Korea and Japan and among US troops there, it has stressed the need for a diplomatic solution.

"We see all types of evidence that this is a real and serious nuclear program and missile program".

Tillerson is travelling to Asia this week, where he will continue his drive to increase "peaceful pressure on the regime in North Korea to have them develop a willingness to sit and talk to us and others".

Arguing that China sees eye-to-eye with the U.S. about the threat posed by Pyongyang's aggressive weapons development, Tillerson said: "We don't blame the Chinese for the situation in North Korea". Given that, the U.S. continues to bank on China.

However, "a condition of those talks is there is no future where North Korea holds nuclear weapons or the ability to deliver those nuclear weapons to anyone in the region, much less the (U.S.) homeland", he said.

The assistant secretary for Western Hemisphere, covering Latin America and Canada, could play an outsized role in USA foreign policy given the Donald Trump administration's fixation on immigration issues from Latin America, trade deals with its closest neighbors, and the unraveling crisis in Venezuela. "We continue to call upon them to use that influence with North Korea to create the conditions where we can have a productive dialogue". "But they will not be allowed to have a missile to hit America with a nuclear weapon on top".

President Donald Trump yesterday signed a Bill that imposed tougher sanctions on North Korea and Iran for their missile programmes as well as on Russian Federation for alleged meddling in last year's presidential election.

Brownfield is also already well known in Latin America, having served as ambassador to Chile, Venezuela, and Colombia over the past 15 years, among other positions.

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