Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says the U.S. is interested in ''finding a way to get to dialogue'' with North Korea, but that it will be up to Kim Jong Un, while Defense Secretary Jim Mattis says the U.S. is ready to defend against North Korea, following Kim's decision to delay missile launches towards Guam. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis made comments on Tuesday (August 15) about North Korea's leader, Kim Jong Un delaying a decision on firing missiles towards Guam "We continue to be interested in finding a way to get to dialogue but that's up to him (Kim Jong Un)," Tillerson said, after presenting a religious freedom report in Washington, D.C.. Kim has delayed a decision on firing missiles towards Guam while he waits to see what the United States does next, the North's state media said on Tuesday, as South Korea's president said Seoul would seek to prevent war by all means. Signs of an easing in tension on the Korean peninsula helped stock markets rally for a second day running even as the United States and South Korea prepared for more joint military drills, which infuriate the North, and experts warned it could still go ahead with its provocative plan. In his first public appearance in about two weeks, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un inspected the command of the North's army on Monday, examining a plan to fire four missiles to land near the U.S. Pacific territory of Guam, the official KCNA said in a report. "We stand ready to defend our nation," said Mattis.