That's likely a non-starter for North Korean leader Kim Jong Un now, who looks at former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein - who did not have nuclear weapons - and Libya's Moammar Gaddafi - who gave up his nuclear ambitions for sanctions relief and aid, only to be toppled and killed after the U.S. intervened in the country's civil unrest - and see the ability to attack the United States with a nuclear weapon as the key to preventing any US-led attempts at regime change.
The State Department has issued a new travel warning for North Korea that reflects the Trump administration's new travel ban.
"We are not your enemy.but you are presenting an unacceptable threat to us, and we have to respond", said Tillerson at a press conference. "And we hope that at some point they will begin to understand that and we would like to sit and have a dialogue with them".
Briefing reporters on diplomatic efforts to pressure Pyongyang, Tillerson said Washington would be willing to talk to the North if its leaders accept that they must disarm.
We certainly don't blame the Chinese for the situation in North Korea.
In a travel alert released Wednesday, the State Department urged all Americans now in North Korea to leave the country before the policy takes effect next month.
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Meanwhile, a Republican senator claimed that President Donald Trump had told him that the USA would go to war with North Korea if it continued its missile programme.
Tillerson's comments come less than a week after Pyongyang said it conducted a second successful test of an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM).
However, some North Korea watchers worry that inconsistent and opaque messaging from the United States has hamstrung their position when it comes to North Korea, a country which test-fired two long-range missiles in July that could theoretically reach the U.S. mainland.
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. "We do not seek regime change". 1, motivated by "mounting concerns over the serious risk of arrest and long-term detention" in N. KoreaThe US Donald Trump administration announced details on August 1 regarding its North Korea travel ban for US citizens.
A war with North Korea would be catastrophic. "They do not see it in their interest for North Korea to have nuclear weapons, just as we do not see it in anyone's interest".
But he made it clear that there was no possibility of talks if North Korea did not abandon its nuclear programme.
Three other Americans are now in North Korean captivity.