by Pamela Williams
There are many in Washington who fear the silence of our new Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. I just read an article about those in Washington who fear Tillerson will alienate us from the United Nations or the Human Rights Council. Tillerson has taken his time to review the work of the Human Rights Council of the UN, and he feels they are not doing all they are supposed to do. Therefore, he has warned them the United States will pull out of the United Nations if they do not do better.
I, myself, am very supportive of the move by Tillerson. In the Obama Administration, they worshiped the UN, and they seemed to put the United Nations above the United States. Many of us were worried we would lose our sovereignty to the UN. I think with Rex Tillerson entering into the picture we do not have to worry about that.
Many criticize Tillerson for his lack of communication with the press. President Trump has made it clear he does not believe the press has to be apart of every action that is taken by his Administration. It is afterall, his Administration, and he can run it the way he chooses.
U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Wednesday began a three-nation tour of Asia where anxiety is rising over North Korea’s nuclear and missile programs, along with questions over how the Trump administration will tackle one of its sternest national security challenges.
Tillerson flew to his first stop in Japan as the U.S., Japanese and South Korea navies conducted missile defense information-sharing drills in the region. Uncertainty remains, however, over how the U.S. administration intends to pressure or persuade North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons that also pose an emerging threat to the United States itself.
Tillerson is to meet with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida on Thursday. He will also travel to South Korea, which is gripped by domestic political turmoil after the ouster of its president, and then to China, which is conflicted about how to treat North Korea, its traditional ally, for fear of triggering its collapse. I feel Tillerson will actually unify these Countries, and I am looking forward to hearing about his visit when he returns home.
The U.S. is currently involved in annual military drills in South Korea that North Korea regards as a rehearsal for invasion. In a show of defiance, North Korea fired four ballistic missiles into the ocean off Japan last week. The next day, the U.S. began bringing in equipment for the long-planned deployment in South Korea of a missile defense system known by its acronym, THAAD.
That has raised tensions with China, which says the THAAD’s radar could peer into Chinese territory, weakening its own nuclear deterrent. The U.S. says the system is intended to be used only against North Korea. That adds to the long list of sharp differences between Washington and Beijing on issues like their trade imbalance and the militarization of the South China Sea.
After Tokyo, Tillerson visits South Korea, caught up in political upheaval after last week’s ouster of its president, Park Geun-hye, over a corruption scandal. Park had been in lockstep with Washington’s efforts to isolate North Korea. The favorite to succeed her is Moon Jae-in, a moderate who wants to engage North Korea’s government.
Tillerson’s final leg involves meetings with several senior Chinese officials in Beijing. China recently announced it was suspending for the rest of the year coal imports that are an important source of revenue for North Korea. That is to comply with U.N. sanctions aimed at restricting the North’s nuclear and ballistic missile programs.
Chinese Premier Li Keqiang on Wednesday called for all parties to return to talks. Aid-for-disarmament negotiations have been stalled for years. Last week China’s foreign minister warned that the U.S., South Korea and North Korea could be heading for conflict.
by Pamela Williams