CABINET/MILITARY/NATIONAL SECURITY/NORTH KOREA/STATE/TRUMP PEOPLE/REX TILLERSON: “The US would consider military action against North Korea if it was provoked, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Friday.
Speaking in Seoul at a joint press conference with South Korean Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se, Tillerson said Washington’s policy of ‘strategic patience’ had ended.
‘Certainly, we do not want things to get to a military conflict … but obviously, if North Korea takes actions that threatens the South Korean forces or our own forces, then that would be met with an appropriate response,’ he said, in response to a question from CNN.
‘If they elevate the threat of their weapons program to a level that we believe that requires action, that option is on the table,’ Tillerson added.”

-James Griffiths, Paula Hancocks and Alexandra Field, “Tillerson on North Korea: Military action is ‘an option’,” CNN Politics, CNN.com, March 17, 2017