U.S. not blaming China for Korean nuclear issue
Speaking at a briefing, Tillerson said that to achieve the goal of denuclearization on the Korean Peninsula, the United States seeks to "partner with China," and that the United States doesn't blame the Chinese for the situation on the Korean Peninsula.
But days ago, Trump baselessly linked in his latest tweets the U.S. trade deficit with China to the situation on the Korean Peninsula, saying, "I am very disappointed in China.
"Our foolish past leaders have allowed them to make hundreds of billions of dollars a year in trade, yet they do NOTHING for us with North Korea, just talk."
Tillerson also said that the United States would like to have a dialogue with the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) at some point.
"We are not your enemy ... but you are presenting an unacceptable threat to us, and we have to respond," said Tillerson. "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 United States seeks neither a "regime change" nor "collapse of the regime" in the DPRK. ■