Washington wants the UN Security Council to impose "the strongest possible measures" on North Korea, after Pyongyang conducted a nuclear test involving what it says was a hydrogen bomb. But will countries like China support that proposal?
The White House had Tillerson differing accounts of which country was being helpful on North Korea. Meanwhile North Korea's UN ambassador has insisted its nuclear ambitions were in self-defense against the US.
Tensions over North Korea's nuclear ambitions and discord over the THAAD missile defense system are set to dominate the agenda when South Korean President Moon Jae-in meets his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping this week.
Moscow has called US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's comments "constructive." US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson had appeared to reverse US North Korea policy.
The US has asked Germany and other countries that have diplomatic relations with North Korea to reconsider them. DW examines those that do and those that don't.
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