Here's our look at the Trump administration and the rest of Washington:
- Trump to give green light to Keystone pipeline project
- House GOP leaders postponed a vote on their health plan until Friday
- White House acknowledges it doesn't yet have the votes to pass healthcare bill
- Claims of surveillance of Trump transition team raises far-reaching questions
- Senate Democrats plan filibuster to try to block Gorsuch nomination to the Supreme Court
- Obama defends Affordable Care Act as Republicans try to repeal it
- The Trump transition team's communications were swept up in U.S. spying, lawmaker says
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Friday that “all options” were available to deal with North Korea’s emerging nuclear threat, including a militarily strike if necessary to safeguard the region and American forces stationed here.
“Certainly we do not want for things to get to a military conflict,” Tillerson told reporters here. “We’ve been quite clear on that in our communications. But obviously if North Korea takes actions that threaten the South Korean forces or our own forces, then that will be met with an appropriate response.
“Let me very clear: The policy of strategic patience has ended,” he said, referring to the Obama administration's policy of trying to wait out the North Korean regime while pressing it with economic sanctions and covert actions.
He repeatedly stressed the need for continued sanctions but also made clear that the Trump administration would not be limited to that approach.
“We’re exploring a new range of diplomatic, security and economic measures. All options are on the table,” he said.
He also appeared to reject the idea of a negotiated freeze in the current North Korean weapons program.
"In terms of talking about any kind of a freeze, I think it’s premature for that,” he said. “At this stage, I’m not sure we would be willing to freeze with the circumstances where they exist today, given that would leave North Korea with significant capabilities that would represent a true threat not just to the region but to American forces as well.
Tillerson’s remarks, standing next to his South Korean counterpart, Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se, were made during a three-country diplomatic swing through Asia. They came a day after he declared, in a news conference in Tokyo, that two decades of American policy on North Korea’s advancing nuclear program had “failed” and that a “different approach” was required.
President Trump later declared that North Korea was "behaving very badly" and dismissed Chinese efforts to engage the U.S. and North Korea in talks.
6:21 a.m.: This story was updated with comment from President Trump.