The US secretary of state’s words are an acknowledgement that the ongoing détente between the Koreas is fragile.
While many in India have welcomed Trump’s tough words, the US has few tools it can effectively deploy to change Pakistan’s behaviour.
The Hwasong-15 missile tested earlier this week is larger than the Hwasong-14 and can travel much further. What’s more, the North Koreans are likely to test it again very soon.
The idea of a 'quad' between India, the US, Japan, and Australia is gaining traction once again. But there are obstacles ahead.
The statements from Ghani and Tillerson may add to public pressure on the Pakistani state, but they’re unlikely to change its behaviour or its strategic calculations.
The US secretary of state is likely to have a difficult conversation with Pakistan and will need to smooth over difference with India.
The country’s foreign minister appears to be challenging the US to find evidence the Haqqanis are based in Pakistan.