North Korea nuclear testing: Tillerson calls it ‘disappointing, disturbing’

Published: 04:32 GMT, May 22, 2017 |

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said both economic and diplomatic pressure will continue to be applied to North Korea in the wake of a ballistic missile launch.

“We are early in the stages of applying the economic pleasures as well as the diplomatic pressure to the regime in North Korea. Hopefully, they will get the message that the pathway of continuing their nuclear arms program is not a pathway to security, or certainly prosperity. The ongoing testing is disappointing. It’s disturbing, and we ask that they cease that because until they cease that testing, clearly they have not changed their view. But I think we are early in the game of putting pressure on them and one could also interpret that perhaps they are just acting out now in response to some of that pressure that I think they are beginning to feel,” Tillerson said on Sunday (May 21) in an interview with “Fox News Sunday.”

North Korea fired a ballistic missile into waters off its east coast on Sunday, its second missile test in a week.