Tillerson assures North Korea 'We are not your enemy'

Trevor Jackson
August 4, 2017

Signed by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on July 21, the measure officially goes into effect on Sep.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has offered reassurance to North Korea that "we are not your enemy", though he wants help from China to push for conditions that can lead to talks with the North.

China's Ambassador to the United Nations, Mr Liu Jieyi, said: "No matter how capable China is, China's efforts will not yield practical results because it depends on the two principal parties (the USA and North Korea)". "We stand up for our allies because we believe that the lives of allied citizens are as valuable as the lives of American citizens". In Malaysia, he will discuss bilateral relations with officials.

United States has urged Americans in North Korea to get out before a travel ban goes into effect on September 1.

Tillerson's remarks came days after the DPRK launched its second intercontinental ballistic missile in a month.

Han Chol-Su, a senior North Korea development official, earlier denied that the loss of business would hurt his country's economy.

A war with North Korea would be catastrophic. "We do not seek an excuse to send our military north of the 38th parallel", Tillerson said. The North Korean government sentenced Warmbier, a student at the University of Virginia, to 15 years of hard labor for allegedly trying to "steal a propaganda poster". The inclusion of determinations based on national interests was seen as a gesture toward the possibility of United States diplomats or major figures negotiating with or contacting North Korea.

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"We do not seek an accelerated reunification of the peninsula", Tillerson said. Given that, the USA continues to bank on China.

He said that Iran's expansionist intention was aimed to increase its influence in the Middle East and other parts of the world.

"China has ways that they can put pressure on and influence the North Korean regime because of this significant economic relationship that no one else has", Mr Tillerson said. "But they will not be allowed to have a missile to hit America with a nuclear weapon on top".

But he made it clear that there was no possibility of talks if North Korea did not abandon its nuclear programme.

On Tuesday, Mr Tillerson appeared to try to clarify the United States stance, saying: "We have been very clear with the Chinese".

It could be an opportune moment for a diplomatic breakthrough on Pyongyang's nuclear and missile programs, which have been causing massive headaches for US President Donald Trump. "We (Americans) always treat North Korea like it's some kind of joke".

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