Korea regime change, willing to talk: Tillerson

Bruno Cirelli
Agosto 4, 2017

"We are not seeking a regime change. we do not seek a collapse of the regime", he said.

It was unclear what effect such concern could have when North Korea has ignored worldwide warnings to halt its missile and nuclear programmes, including from the United States and lone major ally China, for years.

"We do not seek a regime change". "We do not seek accelerated reunification".

Moscow said the Tillerson-Lavrov phone call took place on the USA initiative. "We are not your threat, but you are presenting an unacceptable threat to us and we have to respond".

The top diplomat also said Washington would be willing to hold talks with North Korea if they promise to be productive, saying there is "no future" for the country if it continues to develop its missile and nuclear programs.

"Only the North Koreans are to blame for this situation, 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".

"The ARF is the only venue thus far that we have to promote candid and free-flow dialogue and to actually express our concerns to the DPRK side in a face-to-face manner", Bolivar said, referring to the North by the initials for its official name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

Tillerson seemed to acknowledge that the U.S. is now willing to live with a nuclear-armed North Korea and even make security guarantees toward the Kim regime, one of the worst human rights offenders on the planet, to stop the threat of a nuclear conflict.

Last week, Kim boasted that North Korea could now strike any target in the United States after carrying out its latest intercontinental ballistic missile test.

The Secretary of State said the administration had been attempting to exert "peaceful pressure" on North Korea, "because the options available to us are limited, particularly if we think we are operating under a short period of time".

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