US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called for talks between the United States and North Korea during a press conference at the Atlantic Council think tank in Washington DC on Tuesday, but stressed that the a 'full range of contingencies' are ready in the case of an agreement failure. «We need the DPRK to come to the table for talks. We're ready to talk anytime that they're ready to talk. But... Еще they have to come to the table and they have to come to the table with a view that they do want to make a different choice,» he said. «I will continue our diplomatic efforts until the first bomb drops. I'm gonna be confident that we're gonna be successful but I'm also confident that Secretary Mattis will end up being successful if it ends up being his turn,» he continued. US President Donald Trump declared North Korea as a ‘state sponsor of terrorism’ in November following the North Korean launch of a new type of intercontinental ballistic missile which could «target the entire area of mainland United States.» The launch was the first since September 15, when North Korea fired a ballistic missile over the Japanese island Hokkaido, which eventually fell into the Pacific Ocean.