Tillerson says U.S. ‘strategic patience’ with N. Korea over

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U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, center, stands with U.S. Gen. Vincent Brooks, third right, commander of the United Nations Command, Combined Forces Command and United States Forces Korea, and South Korean Deputy Commander of the Combined Force Command Gen. Leem Ho Young, third left, as North Korean soldiers look at the south side at the border village of Panmunjom on Friday.

Reuters SEOUL (Reuters) — A U.S. policy of strategic patience with North Korea has ended, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said in South Korea on Friday, adding that military action would be “on the table” if North Korea elevated the threat level.

Tillerson began his first Asian visit as secretary of state in Japan on Wednesday and will travel to China on Saturday with a main focus on finding a “new approach” on North Korea after what he described as two decades of failed efforts to denuclearize the insular nation.

“Let me be very clear: the policy of strategic patience has ended. We are exploring a new range of security and diplomatic measures. All options are on the table,” Tillerson told a news conference in Seoul.

He said any North Korean actions that threatened the South would be met with “an appropriate response.”Speech

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