United States does not seek regime change in N. Korea: Tillerson


North Korea has vowed to develop a nuclear-tipped missile capable of hitting the United States and USA officials said the latest test had shown it may now be able to reach most of the country.

"And I've also asked retired General Anthony Zinni to go with Tim so that we can maintain a constant pressure on the ground because I think that's what it's going to take", he said. We do not seek an accelerated reunification of the peninsula. We do not seek a collapse of the regime. To deter US aggression, it insists on developing its nuclear and missile programs.

Joel Witt, the cofounder of 38 North, a website that brings together experts on North Korea, told reporters on a press call on Monday that unlike past presidents, Donald Trump has a unique opportunity to make peace with Kim Jong Un.

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"If we did not have those differences, I would not be serving him", Tillerson said, giving an insight into the working relationship between the two men. "Only the North Koreans are to blame for this situation".

Weapons experts said the altitude and flight time of Friday's missile suggested it was significantly more powerful than the July 4 test, with a theoretical range of around 10,000km meaning it might be able to reach east coast United States cities like NY, depending on the payload size.

This parts from CIA Director Mike Pompeo's statements at the Aspen Security Forum last month where he repeatedly mentioned separating nuclear "capacity and someone who might well have intent" to use it, referring to North Korea.

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However, "a condition of those talks is there is no future where North Korea holds nuclear weapons or the ability to deliver those nuclear weapons to anyone in the region, much less the (U.S.) homeland", he said.

The top diplomat acknowledged that the options for dealing with the recalcitrant regime are "limited", especially under a short period of time.

The heads of the US and South Korean militaries also discussed "military response options" after North Korea's launch, the Pentagon said.

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'We are not your enemy. but you are presenting an unacceptable threat to us, and we have to respond. "And we hope that at some point, they would begin to understand that and then we would like to sit and have a dialogue with them about the future that will give them the security they seek and the future economic prosperity for North Korea".