A national security analyst isn't optimistic about Secretary of State Rex Tillerson being able to successfully convince North Korea to abandon its nuclear program.
During an appearance on CBS's 60 Minutes on Sunday, the secretary of state acknowledged that he's nervous about the claim of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un that he has missiles capable of reaching the entire U.S. mainland. But Tillerson explained he would be willing to negotiate with the North Korean dictator.
Tillerson: "Well, that's who we will have to work with to achieve this diplomatically. What we have to determine now is: Are we even ready to start? Are they ready to start? And if they're not, we'll just keep the pressure campaign under way and we will increase that pressure – and we are doing that: every month there are new sanctions rolled out. The world wants North Korea to change."
But Frank Gaffney, founder and president of the Center for Security Policy, is skeptical Tillerson can effect that change through negotiations.
"The history suggests that if you want to negotiate with these guys, you basically just have to try to appease them – and usually it turns out to be a debacle," says the national security expert.
"I don't have much confidence in Rex Tillerson's ability to break that pattern, and I think the president rightly tweeted last year that he's wasting his time to try," he continues. "It is nonetheless apparently the president's desire that he do so at this point. But I don't think anything good will come of it, frankly."
Gaffney says it's unfortunate that Barack Obama left President Trump with a "ticking time bomb" in North Korea.