United States not seeking regime change in North Korea - Rex Tillerson

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Tillerson said he hoped that at some point the North Koreans will begin to understand that the USA would like to sit and have a dialogue with them about their future that will give them the security they seek and the future economic prosperity for North Korea.

"We do not seek a regime change".

Leader Kim Jong-un claims the launch is evidence that North Korean weapons can reach the U.S. mainland.

The State Department announced on July 21 that Tillerson had made a decision to go ahead with the ban amid the fallout over Warmbier's death as well as heightened USA concern about Pyongyang's recent advancements in its nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs. He said the North Korean problem is not China's fault, but China must help create conditions for productive talks.

"The Secretary has authorized the restriction due to the serious and mounting risk of arrest and long-term detention of US citizens under North Korea's system of law enforcement", the statement read. South Korea in particular is taking steps, with support from the USA, to defend itself against the threat. "We have reaffirmed our position towards North Korea, that what we are doing, we do not seek a regime change; we do not seek the collapse of the regime; we do not seek an accelerated reunification of the peninsula; we do not seek an excuse to send our military north of the 38th parallel", Tillerson told reporters at the State Department yesterday.

In apparent attempt to reach out to supreme leader Kim Jong-un yesterday, he said: "We're not your enemy". "But you are presenting an unacceptable threat to us, and we have to respond".

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The Trump administration policy on North Korea has been to ratchet up the pressure on Pyongyang with sanctions in order to push them to the negotiating table.

But here too, Tillerson was more diplomatic.

Sanders said: "The president obviously has been very outspoken about how he feels about North Korea". In July, the North conducted two tests of intercontinental ballistic missiles capable of reaching the USA mainland. But we do believe China has a special and unique relationship because of this significant economic activity to influence the North Korean regime in ways that no one else can.

United States officials have steadily condemned North Korea's missile tests, which are a violation of worldwide law. What's been said before: Ambassador Nikki Haley, the USA representative to the United Nations, said the "time for talk is over" after the Friday missile test, though she was referring to the UN Security Council rather than direct talks involving the hermit state.

Republican Senator Lindsey Graham said Trump was ready to launch a devastating military attack if diplomacy failed to stop the nuclear missile threat.

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