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U.S. says it seeks talks & not regime change in North Korea

Aug 02, 2017, 6:51 AM EDT
U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said to N. Korea, "We are not your enemy."
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As North Korea runs amok with its nuclear and missile programs, the U.S. struck a conciliatory note on Tuesday with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson announcing that Washington seeks dialogue and not regime change in the reclusive nation.

The announcement comes on the heels of N. Korea’s second test launch of an Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM), which places a major portion of the U.S. within Pyongyang’s striking range, writes the BBC.

The message also reflects America’s realization that a military confrontation with Pyongyang would be catastrophic and hence the best way forward is to prevent it.

The Obama administration adopted a similar policy whereby it was willing to join negotiation tables with N. Korean if it agreed to scale down its arsenal but the approach proved to be a futile effort, notes CNN.