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The US government is not seeking a regime change in North Korea: Rex Tillerson, the secretary of state

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Updated: 08:38 GMT, Aug 2, 2017 | Published: 06:11 GMT, Aug 2, 2017 |
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“We’re not your enemy,” Rex Tillerson said, adding that the US wanted a dialogue at some point.

Meanwhile, a senior Republican senator said President Trump considered going to war with North Korea as an option.

Pyongyang claimed that its latest missile test could hit the US west coast and beyond.

“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.”

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 UN ban