N. Korea contradictions emerge as Tillerson heads to Asia

Tillerson says US wants North Korea dialogue 'at some point'

Examination of an overview of the North Korean travel ban, which the Trump administration posted online on August 1 ahead of its official Federal Register listing on August 2, shows that U.S. passports will not be recognized as valid for North Korean travel, and that individuals or groups visiting North Korea for special purposes will only be able to do so with a special passport approved by the State Department.

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has accused Iran of attempting to destabilizing neighboring Afghanistan. "We are trying to convey to the North Koreans we are not your enemy, we are not your threat, but you are presenting an unacceptable threat to us, and we have to respond".

Referring to the border between the Koreas, Tillerson said, "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".

It could be an opportune moment for a diplomatic breakthrough on Pyongyang's nuclear and missile programs, which have been causing massive headaches for US President Donald Trump.

North Korea is now holding two Korean-American academics and a missionary, a Canadian pastor and three South Korean nationals who were doing missionary work.

US President Donald Trump slammed Warmbier's detention and eventual death as "a total disgrace", pledging to "prevent such tragedies from befalling innocent people at the hands of regimes that do not respect the rule of law or basic human decency".

Arguing that China sees eye-to-eye with the United States about the threat posed by Pyongyang's aggressive weapons development, Tillerson said: "We don't blame the Chinese for the situation in North Korea". "We stand up for our allies because we believe that the lives of allied citizens are as valuable as the lives of American citizens".

However, "a condition of those talks is there is no future where North Korea holds nuclear weapons or the ability to deliver those nuclear weapons to anyone in the region, much less the (U.S.) homeland", he said.

Thornton declined to comment on any possible action but stressed that despite Trump's tweets, North Korea and the trade issue were not linked in a "transactional", but "in a sort of philosophical way".

We do not see a regime change. "We will no longer allow this to continue China could easily solve this problem!" he said.

Tillerson repeated calls for North Korea's neighbor and ally China, which has urged a resumption of talks with Pyongyang, to use its influence to create the conditions for "productive dialogue".

A US passport will only get you into North Korea for the rest of August, the State Department announced Wednesday. "We (Americans) always treat North Korea like it's some kind of joke".

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