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We are not seeking regime change in North Korea – U.S

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We not seeking regime change in North Korea – U.S
The United States government is not seeking a regime change in North Korea, the secretary of state has said, amid tensions over Pyongyang’s weapons programme.
“We’re not your enemy,” Rex Tillerson said, adding that the U.S wanted a dialogue at some point.
But a Republican senator said President Donald Trump had told him there would be a war with North Korea if its missile programme continued.
Pyongyang claimed its latest missile could hit the U.S west coast.
The second test of an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) on Friday, celebrated by North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un, was the latest to be conducted in defiance of a United Nations ban, the BBC reports.
“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 peninsula, we do not seek an excuse to send our military north of the 38th parallel,” said Mr. Tillerson, referring to the border between the Koreas.
“We’re not your enemy, we’re not your threat but you’re presenting an unacceptable threat to us and we have to respond.”
President Trump has repeatedly criticised China, which shares a land border with North Korea and is its closest economic ally, for not doing enough to stop Pyongyang’s weapons programme.
However, Mr. Tillerson took a more diplomatic approach, saying that “only the North Koreans are to blame for this situation.”

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