Tillerson clarifies US position on North Korea: “We do not seek a regime change”

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said during a press conference that a dialogue should be conducted between his country and North Korea and clarified that Washington is not seeking a regime change in the isolated dictatorship. Tillerson’s statements come just a few days after North Korea tested a second intercontinental ballistic missile capable of reaching US cities.
Rex Tillerson Photo Credit: Reuters/Channel 2 News

The tensions between North Korea and the US appeared to have nosedived over the weekend but on Tuesday evening, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson made a surprising announcement in what appears to be an attempt to contain the situation. Tillerson said that the US is ready to conduct a dialogue with North Korea despite the Friday intercontinental ballistic test.

During a press conference, Tillerson said: “We do not seek a regime change. We do not seek a 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 even added a special message to Pyongyang: “We are not your enemy ... but you are presenting an unacceptable threat to us, and we have to respond.”

“We hope that at some point they will begin to understand that and we would like to sit and have a dialogue with them,” he continued.

Yesterday, JOL reported that the US put down its foot following the test North Korea conducted over the weekend. “The time for talk is over,” US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley said regarding the missile test that was also condemned by China, Japan and South Korea.

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