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We're not your enemy -US to N.Korea

We're not your enemy -US to N.Korea

Tillerson said the North Korean threat "has materialized in the ways we expected it would", and that the administration has responded with "peaceful pressure", although options are limited.

On Tuesday, Tillerson said the US was willing to talk to North Korea, while US Senator Lindsey Graham said military options are "inevitable if North Korea continues" on its current path of weapons development. They're not going to die here. "We do not seek accelerated reunification".

Asked later in the day whether a USA response might include a first strike on North Korea, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders replied, "As we said many times before, the president's not going to broadcast any decisions, but all options are on the table". Tillerson, however, expressed hope that Washington and Pyongyang can resolve their issues through negotiations.

In early July, North Korea launched the Hwasong-14 ballistic missile, later claiming that it successfully tested an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM).

In a separate development, Republican Senator Lindsey Graham said that Mr Trump told him that there would be a military conflict between the two countries if Pyongyang continued with its aim to develop a missile programme with the USA in its range.

"It's really the best point in time for a United States president to do it", Witt said of peace talks with North Korea, referencing recent ICBM tests that show the USA mainland is at risk of nuclear attack.

At the same time, Tillerson added that Moscow's move would affect the US Department of State's work in Russian Federation. The US authorities also said that, according to their information, Pyongyang tested an ICBM, but the Russian Defense Ministry said details of the launch indicated a test of a medium-range ballistc missile. "You can stop North Korea, militarily or diplomatically", he said on NBC's "Today Show".

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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.

Pyongyang has long maintained the ability to legitimately threaten the United States with a nuclear attack is the only way to protect itself against any US-led attempts at regime change.

Tillerson made the comments just days after North Korea fired another ICBM into the Sea of Japan.

Tillerson also underscored China's key role in diplomacy with North Korea, through its "special and unique relationship" with the isolated nation.

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 he understood why Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered the U.S.to drastically cut its diplomatic presence in Russia, even though the move was in retaliation for a similar US action previous year under President Barack Obama. He said Trump often calls him late at night, on weekends, whenever "something comes into his head".

"I'm saying it's inevitable unless North Korea changes because you're making our president pick between regional stability and homeland security".

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