ROK me­dia says US mulls dis­patch­ing 2 air­craft car­ri­ers

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - WORLD -

WASH­ING­TON — US Sec­re­tary of State Rex Tiller­son said on Tues­day that the United States would like to have a di­a­logue with the Demo­cratic Peo­ple’s Repub­lic of Korea at some point.

“We are not your en­emy, ... but you are pre­sent­ing an un­ac­cept­able threat to us, and we have to re­spond,” said Tiller­son at a news con­fer­ence in Wash­ing­ton. “We hope that at some point they will begin to un­der­stand that, and we would like to sit and have a di­a­logue with them.”

Tiller­son also re­it­er­ated that the US seeks nei­ther a “regime change” nor “col­lapse of the regime” in the DPRK.

“We do not seek an ac­cel­er­ated re­uni­fi­ca­tion of the penin­sula,” Tiller­son said. “We do not seek an ex­cuse to send our mili-


tary north of the 38th Par­al­lel.”

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

The mis­sile trav­eled about 1,000 kilo­me­ters be­fore splash­ing down into the sea, Pen­tagon spokesman Jeff Davis said in a state­ment.

We are not your en­emy ... We hope that at some point they will begin to un­der­stand that and we would like to sit and have a di­a­logue ...” Rex Tiller­son, US Sec­re­tary of State

New sanc­tions

The DPRK said that the fir­ing aimed to “fi­nally con­firm the over­all tech­no­log­i­cal spec­i­fi­ca­tions of the weapon sys­tem of Hwa­song-14 ca­pa­ble of car­ry­ing large-sized heavy nu­clear war­head, in­clud­ing its max­i­mum range,” ac­cord­ing to the of­fi­cial Korean Cen­tral News Agency.

The DPRK on Tues­day slammed the US for pass­ing a new sanc­tions bill against it, state-run me­dia re­ported. “The new sanc­tions against the DPRK, Rus­sia and Iran which re­cently passed by the US Congress is prompt­ing a grow­ing in­ter­na­tional back­lash,” a For­eign Min­istry spokesman said.

“The sanc­tions by the United States which are geared to ‘sav­ing the US econ­omy’ by se­cur­ing the mar­ket for en­ergy and in­creas­ing its ex­port are en­croach­ing upon the in­ter­ests of its al­lies and friends with­out hes­i­ta­tion as well as its ri­vals,” the spokesman said.

Mean­while, Seoul-based Yon­hap News Agency re­ported on Wed­nes­day that Wash- son

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