A top US State Department official on Thursday (16/2) raised doubts about the idea that the United States will hold a limited military offensive to North Korea, an idea known as the "bloody nose strategy. "
A staggering North Korean charm at the Olympics seems to be held to boost the country's image among many people. While the United States indicates openness to dialogue, Washington also continues its maximum pressure on Pyongyang.
Susan Thornton, assistant assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific Affairs, said, "We imagine the pressure will continue to rise. Pressure will not slacken. We open up the opportunity for dialogue, as you say, and we want that dialogue on one issue, denuclearization, our comprehensive goal in this policy. "
Thornton said, as far as he knew, there was no" bloody nose "strategy or limited military attack plan on the Korean Peninsula. It indicates that diplomacy is the number one priority.
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The United States Department of State says, on North Korea to stop nuclear aggression or engage in talks. US State Department spokesman Heather Nauert said, "We left the door open. We want a dialogue on one issue, denuclearization. Our policy has not changed. Our policies remain the same. The whole objective is denuclearization. "
While Washington does not support regime change, some analysts say the United States needs to dialogue with China to find out the location of North Korean nuclear weapons in preparation for any scenario.
Bonnie Glaser of the Center for Strategic Studies and International ( CSIS ) revealed, "One of the reasons we want to dialogue with China on this issue is whether there is a North Korean nuclear test facility located not far from the Chinese border, or within 100 kilometers . The United States believes China does not want US troops to move towards China's borders should the crisis happen. "
A week ago, a Chinese diplomat reassured US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson that Beijing is committed to pressuring North Korea over its nuclear weapons program. [ab/lt]