tv U.S.- South Korea Relations CSPAN March 18, 2017 3:33am-3:56am EDT
>> i will visit the u.s. to attend a meeting on the defeat of isis. consultations working with great intensity. this president did pace reflects our to governments recognition and urgency of north korea threats. korea, ititinerary in attests to this understanding. today, it will be my third meeting in a months time. north korea has made provocations and threats will be
analyzed and we will be forged upon this occasion. u.s. hasy as the policies. secretary tillerson and i have discussed a joint approach from programs and it will be the main agenda of our discussions today. our unchanging goal is something that has been declared by both countries and spelled out in relevant u.s. resolutions but it is a viable and a reversal this mental. unwavering goal, effective and comprehensive policy options will be discussed extensively. additional provocations are anticipated. in taiwan, the assassination has
triggered an unprecedented turn of events. programs, the missile it will be addressed as we will have in-depth discussions on ways to guide international collaboration regarding these over all known korea matters. the government in a bid to counter the threat is a different dimension from the past has been pushing for the human secretary deployment. this is attributed to the north nuclear missile threat and does not target any specific countries. this has been a clear position to safeguard national security and people. and measure was taken as a defensive one. both of our governments will respond bilaterally and on the global stage with clarity and resoluteness. welcomesn government the trump administration's
announcement to engage asia in its commitment to the r.o.k.. stated theimself alliance would be made even stronger. i am appreciative to bolster that and we are committed to maintaining our relationship with u.s. and the coming years. i have no doubt that this meeting today will mark another milestone in developing our comprehensive alliance that contributes to peace and -- peninsula, and also in the entire world. we will hear from rex tillerson. secretary tillerson: i am very honored to be here with my friend, foreign minister yun, and i am happy that you welcomed me so graciously. very honored to be here with my ,riend, foreign minister yun
and i am happy that you welcomed me so graciously. more than 60 years, our partnership has remained strong. our commitment will remain with this administration. to commit to the desk meant the south korean people for their commitment to democracy. -- commend the south korean people to their commitment to democracy. the u.s.-south korean alliance peaceontinue to serve for and security on the gran peninsula and across the asia-pacific region. in facing whater was once a regional security this will not reach only its regional neighbors, the united dates and other countries. we urge north korea to achieve peacefuls to achieve
silly with north korea have failed to make us safer. the u.s. and its allies have repeatedly assured north korea's leaders that we assure only peace, stability, and economic prosperity for northeast asia. as proof of our intent, america has provided $1.3 billion in assistance to north korea since 1995. in return, north korea has detonated nuclear weapons that -- and dramatically increased ballistic missile launches to threaten america and our allies. our commitment to allies is in the face of north korea's escalating global threat, it is important for me to consult with our friends. let me be very clear. the policy of strategic patience has ended. we are exploring a new range diplomatic security -- diplomatic, security, and economic measures. all options are on the table.
north korea must understand that he only path to a secure, economically prosperous future is to abandon its development of nuclear weapons, domestic -- holistic missiles, and other weapons of mass destruction. we called upon other regional powers and all nations in demanding that the north korean government choose a better path and a different page -- future for its people. the united states is committed to supporting the defense of our allies, and we will continue to develop a conference a set of to counter the growing north korean ballistic missile threat. that is why the united dates in the republic of korea decided to take a defensive measure of the -- sadoying a tha 80 thaade to play -- missile-defense system. address thea to
threat that makes this necessary, the escalating threat from north korea. the united states alliance with south korea is not built only on security, but commitment to our core principles that have enabled the success of our nations, a strong economic partnership, people to people ties, and democratic values. i am encouraged by our productive discussions and pledged continuing american support for the security and prosperity of our two nations. thank you. minister yun: i want to open the floor to two members of the press from each country. first, the korean media. >> i would like to propose this question to secretary tillerson. are you saying that we need a
new up roach to north -- new approach to north korea? i know to solve this nuclear program problem, china needs to play a more active part. in the toolkitls exhausted? what more specific actions can we take in your opinion. and according to a press statement by the state department, i wonder going forward, what will be the korean government's position on this new approach? i pose this question to foreign minister yun. as itary tillerson: indicated in my remarks, 20 years of talks with north korea have brought us to where we are today. the r.o.k. and the united states have made it very clear that we are interested nothing but a peaceful and economically
stable korean peninsula. this 20 years of talking has brought us to the point of where we are today. so the track that we are now going to see is a number of actionsth ever greater ahead of us that involve which the united nations security council has already approved, and in china, which voted for those sanctions, and we are following -- calling on all countries to fully implement those sanctions. we are calling on china to fully implement those sanctions as well in client with the u.s. security council resolution it voted for. our -- bewe will be widening
and a splitting threats will not ofd to their objective security and economic develop meant. byt can only be achieved debut glamorizing, giving up their weapons of mass destruction, and only then will you be willing to face -- we be willing to face negotiation talks. un: regardingter y this approach, secretary tillerson has given you a comprehensive response. i do not believe there is much at myself, but basically, as we stated in our opening remarks, the current north korean remark, the current north korean frets are of a different place from the pats. there is an eminent and great threat facing us. as such, this approach that we are pursuing, this joint probably more than
it any point in the past we will be willing to utilize all of the resources available to us to permit this. other types of effort fizzled. at the same time, as was mentioned by secretary tillerson, all of the stakeholders themselves, more than any point of time in the past, should cooperate together to make sure that north korea feels the pain for its wrongdoings and pay the cost, the price. for the aspects of that were not of our expectations, we should be deliberating how further we need to go to make sure that there is an acceptable outcome. in this process, one of the most important principles is that iraq didn't -- the r.o.k. and the u.s. will remain closely
correlated with each other for a shared response so we can demonstrate our strong alliance. >> thank you. mr. secretary, you mentioned a range of options, but i'm hoping you can drill down into a few civics we know are on the table one, for example, is the possibility of stepped up interdiction by china against shipping into north korea. another is the cyber campaign against the north korean nuclear ballistic missile program, and the third is the possibility of negotiating a freeze. i'm wondering whether the program is too far along for negotiating a freeze. could you address the pluses and minuses of those acidic programs, and the possibility for action on those? to the
foreign minister, a simple question. can you guarantee the fed will go ahead, regardless of who wins the presidential election? thank you. secretary tillerson: with regards to escalating sanctions, i do not believe we have ever fully achieved the maximum level of action that can be taken under the un security council resolution. full participation of all countries. we also have other sources of revenue to north korea that fall outside of his specific the specific sanctions, and other nations could take actions to alter their relations with north korea ends up in our efforts and happened about their nuclear and help andam -- support of giving up their nuclear weapons program. at this stage, i am not sure who would be willing to freeze, that would leave
north korea with significant capabilities that would represent a true threat and leave us with a lack of american forces as well. regarding the question that was proposed by the journalist from bloomberg, basically on the korean peninsula, the threat that we face from north korea, the circumstance will not change with a change of government in korea. that is the reality that we face. such, national security and the people's lives and should be safeguarded, and for that no matter which government comes into power in korea in the future, the gravity and urgency of the problem should be considered for making a wise decision, and in particular the diplomatic policies and security policies should remain consistent.
responsible leaders of korea will probably have the same view . again, i would like to take a question from a korean journalists. look -- >> welcome to south korea, mr. secretary. that this will be completed before the new south korean administration kicks in, [indiscernible] discuss theg to current difficulties when you meet in china, and is this issue going to be brought up in the u.s. sometime in the next month? secretary tillerson: i do believe that we will proceed with the installation of that and it is my expectation that the government in south korea will continue to be supportive of this system, because it is
directed solely innocence of the arms case. it is with the armed forces as well. as to conversations with the government of china, we will be discussing with them the serious poses toat north korea peace and stability in the korean pencil of, and beyond. north korea is now pursuing programs that would allow them to present a clear threat to attinental united states other parts of the world, so we will be discussing with china what we believe they should be doing to help mitigate this threat as well. as to their and punitive actions against south korea, because of the agreement to install the we believe these actions are unnecessary and troubling. we also believe it is not the way for a regional power to help resolve what is a
various threat to everyone. to everyone.reat we would hope china would alter its position on punishing south korea for the system. as i said, we have emphasized many times it is purely defensive in nature, and we hope they would help us engage with north korea to eliminate be reason that this system is even required. : i wouldinister yun let you take one more question from the u.s. press. mr. secretary, is there truly a new or different approach that does not include a military option? militaryoint does the option include retaliations against 20 million people in a metropolitan area?
also they have suggested dropping the joint military drills. thatat a viable option could be discussed on this trip, turnn term in beijing -- in beijing, will you push officials to cut off oil to north korea? secretary tillerson: i will take the latter part of your question first. as to the suggestion of the chinese government that we should stand down our joint military operations in exchange for engaging in talks, we do not believe the conditions are right to engage in any talks at this time. we have no intention of standing down our joint military operations. those operations are an annual event, we have been carrying out these joint military operations and when40 years, those operations are to be undertaken is with clear transparency. we announced the world that we are going to be carrying these out so there is no surprise to anyone, and the purposes made quite clear to the north korean government as well.
north korea does not provide any of us the same type of transparent the and for warning they choose to launch ballistic missiles. so again, conditions must change before there is any scope for talks to resume, whether they be five or six party. question,part of your around military options. all of the options are on the table. certainly, we do not want for things to get to a military conflict. we are quite clear in our communications. but obviously if north korea thes actions that threatens south korean forces, or our own forces, that will be met with an appropriate response. if they elevate the threat of their weapons program to a level that we believe requires action, that option is on the table. we are hope full that by taking these steps, they have -- there
are many steps we can take before we get to that point. we hope that will persuade north korea to take a different course of action. >> and the oil? secretary tillerson: to the extent that china is supplying that oil, i think others are supplying that oil, some of it comes from russia, other sources. we will be calling on everyone to join in these actions, certainly all of the regional players, but others who have commercial relationships with north korea will be asking -- asked to take steps as well. yun: thank you. this concludes our joint press conference for the foreign ministers meeting. thank you very much. the ministers will leave the hall.
>> would continue to follow today's events in just a moment. a look ahead to next week. a three-day confirmation hearing will begin next monday for u.s. supreme court nominee neil gorsuch. c-span spoke to members of the senate judiciary committee about how they are approaching the hearing. >> chairman grassley, how many supreme court nominee hearings have you been through? >> this will be the 14th. >> and your first as chairman? >> yes. >> is the preparation different? and your first as chairman? >> yes. >> is the preparation different? procedurally it is different because you have to be on top of it and that make sure everyone understands what the rules are and how you conduct the meeting, but as far as the questions i ask the candidate, they are no different than if i was doing it as a member orha