Secretary of State Rex Tillerson promised Tuesday that the United States is not trying to topple Kim Jong-Un's North Korean regime, but warned it must halt its nuclear missile program. "We do not seek accelerated reunification".
He noted, however, that the US does not blame China for the North Korean nuclear conundrum and Pyongyang "does not define" Washington's relationship with Beijing.
"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.
The US President had recently expressed disappointment that Beijing had not applied as much pressure as he would like or caused a change in North Korea's behaviour.
More than 20 Asian countries will tell North Korea face to face of their "grave concerns" about its missile tests, a Philippine official said on Thursday, as the United States steps up pressure on the reclusive country. "But you are presenting an unacceptable threat to us, and we have to respond".
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It was unclear what effect such concern could have when North Korea has ignored worldwide warnings to halt its missile and nuclear programmes, including from the United States and lone major ally China, for years. Americans who are now in North Korea are told that they should leave the country.
And he continued to push for Chinese help to keep pressure on North Korea due to their special economic relationship.
Tillerson added that the U.S. hopes that "at some point", North Korea will understand and sit down for a dialogue.
US President Donald Trump has demanded that China, North Korea's neighbor and biggest trade partner, rein in its nuclear ambitions - angrily tweeting over the weekend that Beijing is not doing enough.
Last week, Kim boasted that North Korea could now strike any target in the United States after carrying out its latest intercontinental ballistic missile test.
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