Secretary Tillerson Tells North Korea We Are Not Your Enemy CSPAN August 1, 2017 4:32pm-5:29pm EDT
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might be of age when they get through the process. makeis a top transition to for anyone, particularly for her. job.s doing a superb i don't get to watch her much, but i get feedback from people back home who do watch and i appreciate everything you are doing. thank you so much. i want to add my congratulations thegent jeremy for recognition he will receive and it is great for our department and the diplomatic security people. weekend,ted, over the i hit six months since being confirmed and i thought it would be useful to come down and talk a little bit about what has happened in the last six months. i'm going to take a walk around fewworld and also make a other comments on some things that you might be interested in and leave some time for questions from you. you know, clearly, president trump's agenda is articulated
really in the platform he ran on. make america great again. it is not just a slogan. it is important that people understand, as we deal with the president and help him formulate inarticulate foreign policy, it is those words, "make america great again," that we test against and if we are representing our interests first and foremost. you see that articulated in many ways by many different people, guides ourhat formulation of policy here at the state department. i think that the president has at, when we say america first, it does not mean america alone. we ignore it -- ac knowledge our enemies and friends.
we will work with our allies and what those expectations are. it has been overdue that we have that kind of conversation with others around the world. we have long-standing relationships that all of you .now well it is embedded in shared sacrifice and shared values. ofing said that, a lot things have happened over the last 50 years and certainly since the end of the cold war. i don't know that anybody has taken a step back and said, you know these relationships that served us well for so long, will they service in the 21st century? president trump is challenging, without disposing -- and that is important for people to understand -- he is challenging them. how should we define the relationships to serve the american people first and foremost. in doing so, we are confident that this serves global
interests and interests of our partners. i say that to you to kind of position this walk i want to take around the world. you can think about it that way. as we came into office, we walked into a number of situations of conflict and threats around the world. our assessment required significant pivots in a different direction than the predecessors were taking. necessary to achieve security for the american people. ofcreates conditions prosperity for the american people and the world over, serving everyone's interests. the first threat we were confronted with was north korea and it was the first policy area that we felt an urgency to deal with. i think, as many of you have watched over the last several months, that threat has materialized in the ways that we thought it would. that is why, early on, this was
rthurgent matter and the no koreans have proven the urgency to us. we continue the intensified campaign of what i like to call peaceful pressure. us, asions available to you all understand, are limited. in particular, we are operating with a short timeframe. the first thing we wanted to do was seek peaceful pressure on the regime and have them develop a willingness to sit and talk with us and others with the understanding that the condition of the talks is that there is no future for north korea with nuclear weapons or the ability to deliver them in the region, much less to the homeland. met with china, who accounts for 90% of economic activity with north korea. the chinese have been very clear
with us that we share the same nuclearizeda de peninsula. puta has ways that they can pressure on and influence the north korean regime because of the significant economic relationship that nobody else has. we certainly don't blame the chinese for the situation in north korea. only the north koreans are to blame for the situation, but we believe that china has a special and unique relationship, because of the significant economic influence the regime in ways that nobody else can. them towhy we call in use the influence with north korea to create the conditions where we can have a productive dialogue. we don't think that having a dialogue where the north koreans come to the table and assume that they're going to maintain nuclear weapons is productive. so, that is really what the
objective is. our positionirmed towards north korea that, what we are doing, we do not seek every regime change or the collapse of the regime. we do not seek accelerated reunification of the peninsula or an excuse to send our military north of the 38th parallel. we are not the north koreans enemy, but they are presenting an unacceptable threat and we have to respond. at some point, they will begin to understand that and we would like to have a dialogue with them about the future that will give them the security that they seek and the economic prosperity for north korea that will promote economic prosperity throughout northeast asia. this is going to be a continued effort to put ever greater pressure on the north korean regime. our other options are not
particularly attractive. in saying that, i want to observe a couple of people and give some credit. we have been curing out this activity with people in acting using ourand ambassadors and the strength of the organization. i am proud of what we have accomplished. dealing with north korea, the ambassadors have been phenomenal in developing these policies and carrying them out. susan thorton is key to our relationship with china and it is important that everybody understand that north korea does not define the relationship with china. is relationship with china much broader. go back to the summit at mar-a-lago with president trump and president xi am much of that discussion was about the relationship between the united states and china.
it has been opened up since china had the historic nixon visit. ofs has given us a long time no conflict between china and the u.s. and created conditions for enormous economic growth and prosperity in china, which the u.s. and the rest of the world has seen benefits from. last 40-50fined the years of the relationship. , we believe that we are at a pivots points in the relationship and china is the second largest economy in the world and will continue to grow in importance. what should define this relationship for the next 50 years? these are the discussions that we have had with the chinese. how should we define this relationship and how do we ensure economic prosperity to the benefit of both countries in the world. we will have differences and we do have differences.
we will deal with the differences in a way that does not lead to open conflict. this has been the success of the past policy and one we must continue. we recognize that conditions reliance on and the past may not serve either one of us well. these are conversations and discussions we have with the chinese and we test this relationship through things like the situation in north korea. can we work together to address the global threat where we have a common objective? have differences that need to be addressed, can we work through those differences in the way without conflict and find the solutions that are necessary? came importantgo things. high-levelhed four dialogue. we have had many dialogue with
the chinese in the past, but these were at a level that were not sufficient to deal with the question of our relationship. the chinese agreed to designate high-level individuals. so, we have four dialogues. and securityc dialogue is led by myself and secretary mattis. we have had two meetings. the economic and trade dialogue by met twice and that is led secretary ross and minutia and mnuchin. these help us explore the challenges between the two largest economies in the world and significant military powers. this has served us well. it has been helpful in understanding one another's interests. we will continue exploring them
susanwant to thank thorton for her help in advancing these. i want to turn to russia. the relationship with russia continues to be under considerable stress. as i indicated in my first trip and my meetings with vladimir putin, the relationship is at a low since the end of the cold war and it could get worse. of question of the events the last week is, "is it getting worse or can we maintain stability and find ways to address areas of mutual interest and ways in which we can deal with our differences without those becoming open conflicts?" we have explored area of usual interest. terrorism. we have chosen the theater of syria as a place to work together.
isisare the common view of as a threat to both countries and we are committed to the defeat of isis and other terrorist organizations. we are also committed to the stability of syria, following that battle, to defeat isis. russia aligned itself with the , which we dosad not find to be acceptable. we are working with russia to figure out a unified syria that has the opportunity for the people to put in place a new constitution, have free and fair elections, and select new leadership all stop it continues to be our view that the assad regime has no role in the future of syria. the sequencing of all of that is something we are open to, as long as all that is achieved. forcessence of iranian
must go home. whether they are revolutionary guard forces or paid militias and foreign fighters brought into syria in this battle. this is shared by many of our coalition partners the world over. we are working with the russians and we have achieved a small measure of success by establishing working in concert zone ine a deescalation the southwest of syria, which, so far, is holding. civilians are not getting killed and that is our objective. stopping those massive bombing and artillery attacks that have led to so many deaths. des first zone of will holdn, we hope,
and we will find other places to replicate this in the northern part of syria, as we continue to liberate areas from isis. beene ukraine, we have very consistent in our messages accordsa that the mensk must be achieved and implemented, otherwise nothing can be done about the sanctions. as you know, we have appointed a special representative to the very experienced ambassador in the area and he knows the area well. he knows russia well and he knows our partners well. he is clear about his mission to see if we cannot engage to move the process in the ukraine forward. it has been stalled for some time. is welcomed bynt the russians and the normandy group that is engaging to move these discussions forward. we are hopeful that we can make
some progress and move the atuation ford as achieving true cease-fire. they operate in violence has been heartbreaking to watch in the east of the ukraine. we are going to continue to uphold our commitment to the transatlantic relationship and the president has been clear about nato and his expectations of others in nato and all of that is very appropriate. we have a firm commitment to article five and that should not be an issue anymore. working with russia on difficult issues, i want to ignore knowledge my director on this team and he give us a number of options. importantly, there are two ambassadors who are dealing with a tough situation right now. moscow and in in
ukraine. jobis doing an excellent helping the government of ukraine strengthening their governmental standards and making progress on the anti- corruption campaign. this is important to their stability going forward. i want to turn to the middle oft and the destruction radical islamic terrorism in the and the many other names you all know. the military and civilian efforts, we have achieved remarkable success in's president trump went into office. he has made shifts with the battlefield commanders and he is closer to the fight and the results are evident. 70% of the iraq territory held by isis has been recovered.
isis has not been able to retake any territory that has been liberated. 2 million iraqis have returned home and that is the real measure of success. people feel like they can return . mosul brokeon of the ice is stronghold. that would not have been possible without the iraq government. these battles have been far by their military and their soldiers. we have helped them. the state department role in this has been to follow quickly with humanitarian assistance in liberated area and efforts of stabilization. we secure areas so people are safe to go home with local law enforcement faces they recognize wearing uniforms. we bring back previous local leaders that have fled and ,estore fundamental power
water, and sewage. that is where we stop. we get the essentials in place. rebuild thehere to community. that is for them to do. that is for the international community. we liberate the areas and we secure the areas and restore essential needs so that people can move back in and we consider achieved. similarly, in syria, we assist .ith the liberation of roqqa, however, all of us are clear eyed that the battle has resistance and it will be a tough fight to liberate all of it. again, we are taking the approach. cleared,areas are people come and rebuild the
communities and rebuild their lives. we replicate the success we have had in mosul in other communities. we have a cop was a lot of this through a grand coalition to defeat -- we have a cop wish through a grand coalition to -- t of thished mos through a grand coalition to defeat isis. we lay out a plan of how we are going to address liberation areas and we were able to raise more than $2 billion of commitments from the coalition and the money has showed up as we needed it and we are not resource-limited in these efforts i have described to you. we have raised three dollars for every one dollar that we have put in of the u.s. money. we are collecting pledges and revenue to replicate that in roqqa. to defeat isis is
to recognize they are a global issue. we see elements of them in the philippines and some of these fighters have gone to the philippines from syria and iraq. we are in conversation with the philippine government, indonesia, singapore, australi,, and helpize the threat them with training their own law enforcement capabilities, the sharing of intelligence, and provision of wherewithal to address what is coming their direction. this battle will go on a long time and this is a battlefield on the ground. the second battlefield is in a social media space and the disruption of the messaging that allows them to attract new recruits to their cause. something thato would go on for months and years ahead. in syria, if you think about it
defeat of isis, we have a civil war that created to condition for isis occur. we're working with russia and countries to create stones of stabilization and lines of de confliction that will hold and let the political process play out in geneva. we support the geneva process and engagement of future governments. a lot of work ahead of us and we do not have the conditions in place to achieve it yet. we are going to work with other , as well in the region as stakeholders in syria, to see if we can create the conditions that will lead to talks and put in place a longer-term solution
for syria. again, in this region, i want to recognize our ambassador to turkey, who has a big role in this. is relationship with turkey under stress and the ambassador has been helpful and remarkable and how he has led our efforts there. i also want to recognize the special envoy in the war against isis and his assistant. groundre people near the and checking to see if the aid is showing up and if we are meeting our commitments to restore basic services in the community. and i eo turn to iran fforts to stop islamic extremism. preventing iran from developing .uclear weapons allows
tolear weapons allows them build relations beyond their border. it does not end with the nuclear agreement. if there one thing i want people to understand, the agreement dealt with a small slice of iran threats. that is their nuclear program. one of the outcomes of the effort to put that in place, it was put in place almost to the detriment and ignoring all the activitiesbilizing in the region, whether it is ballistic missile programs, export of terrorism, instability in yemen, fighters to iraq and syria. it was kind of like we put blinders on and ignored all the other things. we came and said that the agreement doesn't speak to a lot
of the problems we have with iran. i don't want people to think that is what defines the relationship or the policy. this effort continues and they are persons in -- they are persistent in their efforts. will work with our allies to push back on the expansionist efforts to destabilize. we see them in iraq and afghanistan. the present has been pretty clear on his dissatisfaction with the agreement as a tool and we continue to have conversations about the utility of the agreement, whether it does or does not have utility. in particular, we are working with other parties to that agreement, our european allies, in particular, to ensure that we are fully enforcing all aspects of the agreement, holding iran accountable for the commitments, and challenging whether they are
living up to the commitments in the spirit of that agreement. we are going to continue to take that approach as we evaluate and come up to the next milestone with the continuation of that agreement or the continuation of waivers to the sanctions. , you will recall that the president had a very historic trip to saudi arabia. every -- the president had a very historic speech to those leaders and indicated to them that they have to take responsibility for what is happening in the muslim world around violent extremism. united states is ready and we want to help them, but we cannot solve this for them. they must solve it themselves. we continue to work to implement those commitments. with the help of the kingdom of this is ana,
establishment of a center for terrorism around the world. these move forward at a quick pace. following the summit, a dispute broke out between the gulf nations and egypt. tar and the quartet have had actions. we are concerned about this dispute and we think that it is ulftabilizing to the g and undermines the gulf call operative council, an important organization to maintain stability in the region -- the cooperative importantn organization to maintain stability in the region. we will continue those efforts
and i have maintained telephone contact with all the parties on an almost every other day acis and talking about the current situation. we know that there is a great deal of reconciliation that has to occur. at this point, parties are not speaking to one another will stop my goal is to have them talking to one another and sitting down at a table to begin a discussion dialogue. the important part of the trip was to sign a memorandum of understanding between the united identifyd qatar to known or suspected terrorists and we are and lamenting that agreement and qatar is meeting those agreements. that will be in in the region. dispatching the assistant secretary back to the area. jim has been with me since the beginning of this issue and traveled with me to the region and will be traveling with me
over there. i have also asked the retired general to come with him to maintain the constant pressure on the ground. i think that is what it is going to take. there is only so much taupe or -- there is only so much you can do with telephone persuasion. think that this is important to the long-term effort to defeat terrorism in the region. so, let me quick return to the western hemisphere. again, in the western hemisphere, president trump promised to secure our borders, particularly the southern border , against transnational criminal organizations. there are significant threats that cross our board. director of homeland security went and we had a frank discussion with our mexican counterparts on how we would work together on the border and
it has produced remarkable results with migration across the border. 80%numbers are down 70% or and this has created enormous assistant to the mexican government. .hey have a southern border our crossings are down and their crossings are down. that there is significant progress in that area. we have set up a framework to attack trans-national criminal organizations that conduct illicit activity and we hosted an event in washington where we have set up a series of working groups to attack these criminal organizations as a is this model, from the supply chain down to the consumption chain. thisusly, america owns piece of the supply chain, but we work with price and others to begin the process to do an intensive program around drug
use reduction for education programs, treatment centers, and others. vice president pence joint secretary kelly and myself in miami for a joint conference that was sponsored by mexican counterparts in the u.s. on security and prosperity in latin america. it was directed at strengthening el salvador, guatemala, and honduras. we had a number of private sector members in attendance. this was all directed towards tordinating an effort strengthen conditions on the ground to address those challenges that cause many of the people to want to leave. in the western hemisphere,
venezuela, it is on our mind. our approach has been to work andugh coalition partners with others who share our view of the venezuelan future. isarly, what we want to see them to return to their constitution and scheduled elections to allow the people of venezuela to have a voice in their government that they deserve. whate very troubled by we're seeing, following the assembly vote, which went as expected. lead to the outbreak of further violence in the country and a situation from a humanitarian standpoint that had policy options as to what we can do to create the change of conditions where maduro decides he didn't have a future or we
can return the government processes back to the constitution. we are quite concerned with what we are seeing down there. undera policy discussion development the inter-agency process this week. regard, i want to thank the acting assistant secretary breyer, who has been working on this nonstop. i appreciate their efforts. now, all those areas around the world, i want to pause and make one comment to you. i have a lot of open slots. one -- i only have one undersecretary position filled. in doing a lot, we have accomplished a lot with the
remarkable officers in this building. every one of them has stepped up and not a one of them has said, "i don't want to do that. is" indoor missting in hours and i want to thank all of them. of last word on the redesign the state department. it is employee-led, unlike some of the other departments. i have not imposed a top-down answer on the organization. i'm using approaches i have used in my past and we are creating the employee-led effort to redesign the state department. we have had a survey and got 35,000 responses in this. over 100nterviewed people in a extensive interviews. what they are telling us is going to guide us to answers.
some of you have looked at some of that and there is one way to look at it as a lot of criticism and complaining and moaning. i looked at that information and i hear them saying help. please help us fix this. they are frustrated and they there are ways to be working better and they want someone to achieve that. them is, if ito takes a legislative, appropriation change, i cannot promise you i will get it, but i for you and it t know that people are dedicated in this department, like no other americans, to this mission. this is the most patriotic group i have ever had the pleasure of working with and i look forward in helping them put in place an organization to serve their needs. with that regard, i want to
, thewledge ambassador bill acting director general. lisa kent, my executive secretary. the deputy chief of staff. my traveling squad that makes these trips with me and i know that they start before i do and they don't go to bed until after i do. i want to thank my chief of staff. i could not do any of this without her and i appreciate all them very much now want to give them public recognition. stop.hat, i will reporter: we don't have a ton of time here. comingr: thank you for down here and we hope to see you more often. i have a lot of questions.
to drill down into the russia situation. i presume that you expect the president to sign a new legislation. do you still believe that the that was a sign that the american people want russia to take steps to improve the relationship? putin seemsladimir to have slapped the country in the face with the expulsion of the 755. still viable and can the united states function with a limited number of people in russia question mark >> -- in russia? i thinktillerson:
people want the countries to have a better relationship. i don't think they want us to with abad relationship nuclear power. they are frustrated that we have not seen the kind of improvement in the relationship with russia that all of us would like to see. in our early conversations with the russians, after we took office, we were clear with them that we want to work with them, but they are going to have to take some steps to address some of these concerns. andse the president's words that meeting that he had with said that we need some good news with russia. we need some good news. i told vladimir putin and lavrov that the situation is bad and it can get worse.
it just did. in terms of their response to that action, i think it is important to recognize that any leader of any country has their population watching them. vladimir putin has his population watching him. i think that they felt a need to action --etrical and that is the way they view it , that they delayed in taking this action. he didn't react in december. he waited and this action came on top of that. from this perspective and how he looks in the eyes of his people, he felt he had to do something. does it make life more difficult? of course. i will meet with lavrov this weekend on the margins of the havengs and he and i spoken.
our conversation following actions has been professional. there has been no belligerents. .- belligerence we understand our role and are committed. the action by the congress to put these sanctions in place in the way that they did, neither the president or i are happy about that and we were clear that we did not think it would be helpful to our efforts will stop that is the decision that they have made and they made it in an overwhelming way. the president accepts that and he will sign the bill. we will work with it. track in let us go off restoration of these relationships. reporter: thank you for the inherent. for beinging here --
here. if you could respond to the fact deal with the dialogue with china, the president has been critical of china. how complicated is it for you to do your job with the commander in chief contradicting u.s. foreign-policy on twitter question mark how helpful would it be and will it be -- on twitter? how helpful would it be and will it be with john kelly on staff? would you like more organized systems with communication? tillerson: the selection of john kelly was a brilliant selection and i did not know general kelly before my responsibilities here, but he is the first secretary i worked
with and the most closely with inause of the situation mexico. he has been a wonderful partner and is somebody i have a great deal of confidence in. i think that he is going to serve the president well. obviously, the president is looking for things to be different, or he would not have selected someone like john kelly to be the chief of with respect to foreign-policy, in light of the fact that the president communicates the way he does, as i explained to people in this building, this is the environment in which we work and we will adapt to it. there are unexpected things that happen to us and we know how to adapt to that and we know how to work with that. i don't view it as an obstacle, hindrance, or assistance. chooses toesident
express, he expresses and it is information to everyone, including us. reporter: as you are aware, after the brief honeymoon, you have come under personal criticism from critics who say that you are presiding over the hollowing out of the department, low morale, and a department that seems sidelined. can you respond to the criticism and tell us if you have taken any of this to heart and changed in any way because of the criticism? tillerson: i hope the stroll around the world indicates that this building is hardly hollowed out. anytime you have a dramatic change in the industry should like we had -- in the administration, like we had six months ago, there are going to be struggles.
steps of thee state department and said that i recognized that and i hoped that people could put the feelings aside and commit to the mission. my observation is that the vast majority of the people in the building have done that. have everyone done it question mark -- done it? no. those are the voices that are heard. i have active engagement in the building and i meet with undersecretaries and assistant secretaries. i do town halls. i am listening to people and getting a sense of how they are feeling about things. the people i'm coming into contact with are excited about design and getting some assistance on areas that have troubled them for a long time. they are beginning to understand that the mission of the state department is to lead the foreign policy and create conditions for a better and more
secure united states at home and abroad. that does not change. the policy that we are leading is dictated by the president of the united states, who was selected by the american people. we are working on behalf of the american people to carry out this president's foreign policy. they dedicate themselves to doing that and, my experience is i work the ones that with, they are dedicated to that. have i encountered some who cannot do that or would not do that? yes. we have given them permission to go do something else. i do not say that in a pejorative way. i have had certain individuals and i told them to fines of the else to do. i don't want individuals who are not committed.
yes, i think it is to be expected that we will go through morale issues early on. i hope that the redesign goes forward and would become more engaged and that there is an uptick. change what we are doing from a policy standpoint. -- standpoint, if that is what is behind their unhappiness. reporter: are you of the point andiew that the jcpoa waiving sanctions could create issues, given that the assets have already been un frozen? is there an avenue where the administration might look for er enforcement of the
agreement? tillerson: a lot of the agreement was upfront and they got immediate payoffs and cash released to them. they got the lifting of the sanctions. the frustrating part of this agreement. there are a limited amount of levers available to us. we are not going to waive sanctions going forward. it is important that we can andte as much as we with russia and china, who are signatories. there is a collective pressure. we are in discussions with our european allies about their view doing and they have generally recognized that pastadministration in the did not lead into iran hard and
did not demand much. we are getting good agreement from them. how this agreement serves our purpose going forward, it is kind of every 90 days where we ask that question. this is something the u.s. congress put in place. it is important, in our view, that we keep this in place. reporter: thank you, mr. secretary. thank you to the department of state for this. it is very important for the international readers to be able to explain the complexity of u.s. foreign-policy. to follow-up on the last question, are you in favor of the u.s. commitment to the jcpo a? what would you say to elements of this administration and the
white house who would be tempted to pull the united states out of the agreement. three weeks ago, when you came telling andd a very frank conversation with our colleagues. could you describe your relationship with the president and if you enjoy the job you have been doing for the last six months? this is anson: agreement that should serve a marriage and interests. if it does not serve that interest, why would we maintain it? context, itthe full is about nuclear programs, but there is another part of that agreement. with the agreement, iran is supposed to become a good neighbor. they would become a good
neighbor. they are called upon to no longer developed the ballistic missiles. there are a lot of things that people expect would happen with this program, including all the benefits up front. from our perspective, which is represents a jcpoa small slice of our relationships , but the view of many is that iran has not been a good neighbor in the region and has not stopped the ballistic missile program. the spirit of this agreement has been violated. how do we want to translate that and what does that mean? do we want to tear it up and walk away? to getant to tell iran back into the agreement? lot of alternative ways where we use the agreement to advance our policies in the relationship with iran.
that is the conversation around the president. what are the options? repeatedlynt has expressed confidence in me and we have a good relationship. i talk with them just about every day and see him several times a week. he will call me late at night on the weekend when something comes into his head and he wants to talk to stop he could call me at any moment at any time. it is a very open relationship. i feel comfortable telling my views and we have differences in views on things like jcpoa and how we should use that. if we are not having those differences, i am am not sure that i am serving him. the relationship between the president and myself is good and that is how i view it. >> thank you so much. come back more often? >> thanks, everybody.
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