Tillerson assures North Korea ‘We are not your enemy’

Donald Trump, Rex Tillerson
FILE - In this April 7, 2017, file photo Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, left, listens as President Donald Trump speaks during a bilateral meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping at Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Fla. Tillerson hasn’t always seen eye-to-eye with his boss. But Trump’s top diplomat he says he’s comfortable in his job and in his relationship with the commander in chief. Speaking to reporters at a nearly hour-long news conference at the State Department on Aug. 1, Tillerson sought to dispel speculation that he is frustrated and looking for a way out. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has offered reassurance to North Korea that “we are not your enemy,” though he wants help from China to push for conditions that can lead to talks with the North.

He said Tuesday the United States does “not seek a regime change. We do not seek a collapse of the regime. We do not seek an accelerated reunification of the peninsula.” But Tillerson said the U.S. does not think productive talks would result if North Korea came with the intention of maintaining their nuclear weapons.

And he continued to push for Chinese help to keep pressure on North Korea because of their special economic relationship. He said the North Korean problem is not China’s fault, but China must help create conditions for productive talks.