U.S. Secretary of state Rex Tillerson begins his trip to Asia. Missile program of North Korea is becoming faster and smarter, threatening the United States and its two key allies in East Asia - Japan and South Korea. Last swinging after the overthrow of its President.
Tillerson will need to convince both that they are in the interests remain committed to the United States and its controversial missile defence system. However, his diplomatic skills will be the big test at the last stage of his trip, when he will become the first member of the trump of the Cabinet, who will visit China and attempt to identify tangible leverage of the country on the North Korean regime.
The most pressing problem Tillerson in Japan, as the region as a whole, is a growing nuclear threat from North Korea. Provocative the country's leader Kim Jong-UN has tested a missile with ballistic missiles during the meeting, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and U.S. President Donald trump in Florida, that has led some analysts to believe that this is a message to Tokyo.
And last week, when Kim simultaneously launched four ballistic missiles, North Korean state media speculated that the launch was a practice of attacking American military bases in Japan, where there are nearly 52 thousand American soldiers.
Tillerson will meet with Abe and foreign Minister Fumio Kishida and Japan seeking assurances from the United States that it remains the closest and most reliable ally of Washington in the Asia-Pacific region.
Despite the fact that trump was nervous about the election campaign, questioning the American alliances in the region, the new administration has basically withdrawn this rhetoric. Tensions between Japan and the other major US ally in the region - South Korea - could become a challenge for Tillerson, as he seeks to rein in North Korea.
Using clever old-fashioned diplomacy Tillerson needs to find a way to encourage Japan and South Korea to solve their problems that all three countries focus on the growing threat that Pyongyang poses to regional and global security.
Tillerson for the first time will meet with acting President Hwang Keon and the Minister of foreign Affairs Yun bun-se, with whom he met in February at a meeting of foreign Ministers of the G20 in Bonn, Germany.
The first priority Tillerson at the scheduled meetings on Saturday in Beijing will be the smoothing of the preliminary parts of Florida summit planned in April between trump and Chinese President XI Jinping.
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