US Not Seeking to Topple North Korea Regime, Says Tillerson

US Not Seeking to Topple North Korea Regime, Says Tillerson

US Not Seeking to Topple North Korea Regime, Says Tillerson

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has offered reassurances to North Korea that the US does not seek regime change, and wants to have a dialogue.

One State Department official said Tillerson "leaned on Palmieri heavily" for Western Hemisphere issues, including in formulating the newly unveiled sanctions on Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and a summit with Central American leaders in June. In Malaysia, he will discuss bilateral relations with officials. "We don't think having a dialogue where the North Koreans come to the table assuming they're going to maintain their nuclear weapons is productive", he warned.

There is a new sense of urgency following North Korea's successful test of an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) last week - the second in a month - which experts say could reach deep into the USA mainland. "We do not seek an excuse to send our military north of the 38th parallel", Tillerson said.

Thornton declined to comment on any possible action but stressed that despite Trump's tweets, North Korea and the trade issue were not linked in a "transactional", but "in a sort of philosophical way".

Warmbier, 22, a student at the University of Virginia, died in June after being held by Pyongyang for more than a year on charges of stealing a propaganda poster from a North Korean hotel.

"We do not seek an accelerated reunification of the peninsula", Tillerson said.

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Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham, an important member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said a military response to Pyongyang's weapons program is "inevitable if North Korea continues". "We will no longer allow this to continue China could easily solve this problem!" he said.

We do not see a regime change.

He said that Iran's expansionist intention was aimed to increase its influence in the Middle East and other parts of the world.

The assistant secretary for Western Hemisphere, covering Latin America and Canada, could play an outsized role in US foreign policy given the Donald Trump administration's fixation on immigration issues from Latin America, trade deals with its closest neighbors, and the unraveling crisis in Venezuela.

It was the second time in two days that the leadership in the U.S. State Department had contradicted U.S. President Donald Trump's recent rant that China does "do NOTHING for us. just talk" on the Korean Peninsula nuclear issue.

Thornton said Tillerson, who begins his quick Asean tour in Manila on Saturday, will press Thailand for greater cooperation in isolating North Korea and in enforcing United Nations sanctions over its missile and nuclear weapons programmes. "We (Americans) always treat North Korea like it's some kind of joke".

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