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Tillerson: US willing to negotiate with N. Korea
    2017-August-3  08:53    Shenzhen Daily

THE U.S. is willing to sit down and negotiate with North Korea over its nuclear weapons program in coordination with the Chinese Government, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Tuesday in a rare public appearance a day after President Donald Trump pledged to “handle North Korea.”

Tillerson, taking questions in the State Department briefing room, outlined what he described as “peaceful pressure” that the U.S. must now impose on Pyongyang amid its increased tests of long range missiles and nuclear weapons in recent years, including two missile tests in July. But he stressed that the U.S. goal was not to overthrow its leader, Kim Jong Un.

“We do not seek regime change,” Tillerson said. “We do not seek the collapse of the regime, we do not seek an accelerated reunification of the peninsula.”

The U.S. also does not seek to carry out military action against North Korea, Tillerson said.

“We are not your threat,” he said of North Korea, “but you are presenting an unacceptable threat to us.”

“We would like to sit and have a dialogue with them about the future,” Tillerson added. “This is going to be a continued effort.”

Tillerson said U.S. options “are limited, particularly if we think we are operating under a short period of time.”

North Korea could develop the technology to mate a nuclear weapon with an intercontinental ballistic missile as early as next year, according to a new Defense Intelligence Agency assessment reported by The Washington Post last week.

There is no future for North Korea that includes its keeping any ability to test and launch nuclear weapons, Tillerson said. His appearance followed remarks from Trump on Monday about North Korea at the beginning of a Cabinet meeting.

“We’ll handle North Korea. We’ll be able to handle North Korea. It will be handled. We handle everything,” Trump said.

(SD-Agencies)

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