VOA: Asia Trip Poses Numerous Challenges for Tillerson
STATE DEPARTMENT — U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, making his first trip to Japan, South Korea and China as the top United States diplomat this week, is expected to expand the effort to find new options for dealing with North Korea and the nuclear and military threat it poses to the region and to the world.
Pyongyang's provocative gestures, such as firing multiple missiles into the Sea of Japan this month, have been so strident that Washington said it is “moving farther away” from considering the option of a direct engagement with the North Koreans and their mercurial young leader, Kim Jong-Un.
Other factors complicating the secretary of state's discussions in Seoul and Beijing are the complex political situation in South Korea, which has just impeached its president, and China's resentment about the deployment in South Korea of a controversial U.S. defensive missile system.
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Update: Rex's Road Show: New secretary of state has some Asian 'splainin' to do (FOX News).
WNU Editor: This is not going to be an easy trip. North Korea will be the number one topic discussed. But South Korea is now going through a time of political uncertainty with the impeachment of South Korean President Park Geun-hye, and China is upset with the deployment of the U.S. anti-missile defense system THAAD on the Korean peninsula. This is also not a good sign .... Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will travel to Asia without reporters (CBS/CNN).