On Sunday, in an editorial in the Wall Street Journal, US Secretaries of State and Defense Rex Tillerson and James Mattis reiterated Washington’s official stance that America’s North Korea policy does not seek regime change:
The object of our peaceful pressure campaign is the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula. The US has no interest in regime change or accelerated reunification of Korea. 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.
China foreign ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said in response to a question on Tillerson’s comments that China was well aware of the article and hoped the US would implement his words in specific policy.
“China’s stance on the North Korea nuclear issue is clear and consistent. As always, we support the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula, as well as supporting peace and stability and resolving problems through dialogue,” Hua said, adding that China has for a long time spent a great deal of effort to accomplish these goals.
“North Korea and the US hold the key to resolving the [Korean peninsula security] problem,” Hua continued. “We hope that other parties join China in acting according to the situation, working together.”