Tillerson assures North Korea 'We are not your enemy'

Tillerson assures North Korea 'We are not your enemy'

"Persons now in North Korea on a USA passport should depart North Korea before the travel restriction enters into effect on Friday, September 1, 2017", the department said in a statement. "We do not seek regime change".

Tillerson has no plans to meet separately with the North Koreans, she said, while at the forum itself she predicted "pretty serious diplomatic isolation directed at the North Korean foreign minister".

The State Department announced on July 21 that Tillerson had chose to go ahead with the ban amid the fallout over Warmbier's death as well as heightened US concern about Pyongyang's recent advancements in its nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs. "And that's why we continue to call upon them to use that influence with North Korea to create the conditions where we can have a productive dialogue,"Tillerson said".

But he sought to reassure the isolated authoritarian regime that it does not need a nuclear arsenal to defend itself from a US attack.

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But he emphasized that the danger posed by Pyongyang, which test fired two intercontinental ballistic missiles in July, was unacceptable as that forces Washington to respond. We are not your enemy.

Secretary Tillerson told reporters at a briefing Tuesday that the United States was willing to sit down and negotiate with North Korea if it were to abandon its nuclear weapons and missile programs and give up those missiles. "We do not seek an excuse to send our military north of the 38th parallel", Tillerson said.

Tillerson talked about numerous challenges across the world, including the fight against ISIS, the Syrian crisis, the Middle East, Iran and moves to end the eastern Ukraine conflict, which has witnessed several clashes between government forces and rebels backed by Russian Federation.

"Had there been an official point of contact between the USA government and North Korea ... his death, I think, could have been avoided", Lee offered, "because there would have been advanced communication about the state of health that he was in, and U.S. officials and his family could have been informed much earlier, and there could have been efforts to bring him back home".

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

"This is going to be a continued effort to put ever greater pressure on the North Korean regime because our other options, obviously, are not particularly attractive", he said.

Trump has also spoken to its ally Japan over the latest North Korean missile test.

Republican Senator Lindsey Graham said Trump was ready to launch a devastating military attack if diplomacy failed to stop the nuclear missile threat.

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