08 Agosto, 2017
It is noteworthy that critics at the time warned this could lead to an arms race with North Korea scrambling to keep up with them, and that's exactly what's ended up happening.
Tillerson's reluctance to sit down with his North Korean counterpart is despite his growing push for Pyongyang to return to the negotiating table with the US.
Amid fear that a war could break out with North Korea at any moment, likely as a result of a unilateral US attack, the Pentagon is planning to meet with South Korea's government to discuss the current level of missile technology the US deigns to allow South Korea to possess.
Missiles in South Korea's arsenal have limits on warhead size and range, but the United States supports expanding Seoul's defense capabilities, Pentagon spokesman Jeff Davis said.
The country was a military dictatorship for much of its existence, only embracing democracy in the 1980s. The Blue House has apparently taken note of the fact that the Security Council reached a unanimous agreement on the sanctions resolution against North Korea in a short period of time.
After the sanctions passed, US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley told the body, "We should not fool ourselves into thinking we have solved the problem".
"He will continue working with allies and partners to increase diplomatic and economic pressure on North Korea to end its threatening and destabilising behaviour".
Still, he stressed the need for support for those unable to help themselves, at least for now.
The US and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) have exchanged threats and engaged in saber rattling all year, culminating in Pyongyang test-launching what it claimed were two intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) last month. The sanctions committee also has the authority to grant an exception to the sanctions for humanitarian projects that receive prior clearance. "Once we get there, we'll move into a new phase that would include the relaxation of sanctions on North Korea", said a government official.
"Setting aside legal questions, discussing the reopening of the Kaesong Industrial Complex or the resumption of tourism to Mt. Keumgang is not feasible until we're on track to resolve the North Korean nuclear issue".