US will not oust Kim Jong-un despite North Korea’s growing nuclear threat

Rex Tillerson, Kim Jong-un and North Korea's ICBMGETTY/EPARex Tillerson has said the US will not seek to oust Kim Jong-un over North Korea's missile programme

Addressing the North Korean dictator, Rex Tillerson said: “We’re not your enemy.

"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 [the border with South Korea].”

The Secretary of State added: "We're not your enemy, we're not your threat but you're presenting an unacceptable threat to us and we have to respond."

North Korea's ICBMGETTYNorth Korea's first intercontinental ballistic missile test earlier this year

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Meanwhile, a senior Republican senator said President Donald has considered going to war with North Korea as an option.

And the director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Mike Pompeo earlier hinted that the US was open to the possibility of ousting Kim Jong-un to remove his growing threat and denuclearise North Korea.

Mr Pompeo said it would be “a great thing to denuclearise the peninsula, to get those weapons off of that, but the thing that is most dangerous about it is the character who holds the control over them today”.

Mon, July 31, 2017 Images depict how tensions have escalated between North Korea and the United States. Kim Jong-Un boasted of North Korea's ability to strike any target in the US after a second ICBM test that weapons experts said on July 29 could even bring New York into range - in a potent challenge to President Donald
North Korea's intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), Hwasong-14 being lauched at an undisclosed place in North Korea

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