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Create right conditions for negotiations with North Korea

Mike Pompeo will lead America's outreach to North Korea when he replaces Rex Tillerson at the State Department. Pompeo will become the nation's chief diplomat just as the Trump administration is preparing to negotiate directly with the North Koreans for the first time.

At the State Department and CIA, respectively, Tillerson and Pompeo have both prioritized the North Korean nuclear threat and focused on pressuring North Korea economically and diplomatically. But whereas Tillerson has expressed eagerness to create the right conditions for negotiations with North Korea, Pompeo has voiced profound skepticism about what such talks can accomplish.

Whereas Tillerson has been associated with a faction in the administration resistant to military options to deal with the North's nuclear program, Pompeo has taken a more aggressive position. Tillerson declared that the US wasn't seeking regime change in North Korea; Pompeo suggested ways to "separate" Kim Jong Un from his nuclear weapons.

Source: The Atlantic magazine on 2018 Trump Administration , Mar 14, 2018

Opposed US sanctions against Russia over Crimea annexation

Tillerson's confirmation hearing comes at a time of rising tensions with Russia over its role in the U.S. presidential election and an assessment by U.S. intelligence agencies that Russia was behind the hacks of political figures in an effort to help Trump win the Nov. 8 election. Moscow has denied the allegations.

Tillerson opposed U.S. sanctions against Russia in 2014 over its annexation of Crimea from Ukraine because he thought they would be ineffective.

In 2012, Tillerson received the "Order of Friendship" award from Putin. The same year, Exxon deepened its cooperation with Russian oil company Rosneft to expand an oil drilling project in the Arctic after U.S. sanctions over Ukraine were imposed.

Source: Fortune mag. on 2017 Trump transition Confirmation Hearings , Jan 11, 2017

Destroy the Islamic State; be wary of China's behavior

Tillerson emphasized the need to destroy Islamic State, and criticized China's behavior in the South China Sea and call on Beijing to pressure North Korea.
Source: Fortune mag. on 2017 Trump transition Confirmation Hearings , Jan 11, 2017

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