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US softens North Korea terms, offering both carrot and stick

Tillerson: Stopping missile launches would be 'best signal' of readiness to talk

TSUYOSHI NAGASAWA, Nikkei staff writer | China

MANILA -- The U.S. appears to have lowered the bar for talks with North Korea while keeping a threat of military action on the table in what is seen as an effort to achieve a breakthrough in the increasingly tense standoff over Pyongyang's nuclear and missile development.

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