Secretary of State Rex Tillerson begins a swing through Asia today.
Staunch US ally South Korea, which Mr Tillerson visits on Friday, is rudderless following the impeachment of former president Park Geun-hye, who had been embroiled in a political scandal.
When a senior official travels to a foreign country, everyone is usually nice even if the two governments don't quite like each other. "They deny evidence of North Korea wrongdoing, they insist on loopholes, they insist on watering down what would otherwise be more effective resolutions" at the United Nations, Klingner said.
The travel offer came from the State Department, and "after editorial consultation, McPike accepted the seat", he said. Suggestions by Tillerson and others about a new direction have fueled speculation the USA may put greater focus on military options, which previous administrations have avoided.
"We shared the view that North Korea's nuclear and missile development programs are totally unacceptable", Kishida said at a press conference following talks with Tillerson, who is in Tokyo on his first Asian tour to Japan, South Korea and China since taking office on February 1.
"We encourage both sides to approach that agreement in honest, and sincere efforts to bring this to a conclusion", Tillerson said. Experts say it could have a nuclear-tipped missile capable of reaching the US within a few years.
And China has its own problems with USA trade policy.
China will reach increasingly for its old talking points until it's sure what Trump is up to in Asia.
Egypt is the second-largest recipient of USA aid, a payment that has helped maintain peace between Egypt and Israel since the Carter presidency.
But it is not trade that will dominate Tillerson's talks but North Korea, which seems to have accelerated its nuclear program in the last few months, sending waves of fear throughout the region, especially South Korea. "North Korea doesn't have something to fear unless they act badly".
"There will be no solution to the Northern Korean crisis that doesn't involve a diplomatic compromise with Beijing", said Ashley Townshend, research fellow at the USA studies center at the University of Sydney. The article he cites covers attacks from outside parties.
The government insists it would be a system like that of France or the US but critics fear it will lead to one-man rule.
China will somberly defend itself against any barbs from Tillerson and whoever comes around next but stop there. But cohesion is needed between China, the USA and South Korea to deal with the north.
U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Thursday in Tokyo a "different approach" is needed on North Korea.
"I suspect his hosts will listen politely but give no ground on either issue". New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman says that while Tillerson was CEO of Exxon he used an alias in emails to talk about climate change.