02 Aug '17, 8am

Secretary of state to North Korea: America is ‘not your enemy’ - News - Stripes

In comments aimed at North Korea, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said the U.S. does not seek to topple the communist regime but must respond to its “unacceptable threat.” Tillerson, who added he hoped to “sit and have a dialogue” with Pyongyang at some point, made the remarks Tuesday during a State Department briefing in Washington just days after the North test-fired its second intercontinental ballistic missile. “We’re not your enemy, we’re not your threat,” he said. “We do not seek a regime change, we do not seek the collapse of the regime, we do not seek an accelerated reunification of the [Korean Peninsula], we do not seek an excuse to send our military north of the 38th parallel,” he said, referring to the boundary that divides the two Koreas. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un boasted that late Friday’s launch of a Hwasong-14 missile proved Pyongyang was able to carr...

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