James Mattis and Rex Tillerson lay out plan to handle North Korea, sideline Trump

Alex Lockie
Aug. 14, 2017, 1:13 PM  34,480

As President Donald Trump lopsidedly focuses on “fire and fury” toward North Korea, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis have laid out the US’s comprehensive approach to dealing with the country.

An op-ed by Tillerson and Mattis published Sunday in The Wall Street Journal stresses the US’s efforts to get the international community, especially China and the UN Security Council, on board with denuclearizing the Korean Peninsula.

Equally as important to the US’s stated goal, however, are objectives the pair say they won’t pursue.

“The US has no interest in regime change or accelerated reunification of Korea,” they wrote. “We do not seek an excuse to garrison US troops north of the Demilitarized Zone. We have no desire to inflict harm on the long-suffering North Korean people, who are distinct from the hostile regime in Pyongyang.”


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