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Rex Tillerson Slip: Planning on Korea Includes US-China Nuke Weapons Grab if Regime Falls?

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A South Korean soldier watches the north side at the Imjingak Pavilion in Paju, South Korea. (Lee Jin-man/AP)

By    |   Monday, 18 December 2017 07:00 AM

Rex Tillerson let slip secret planning on North Korea in which the U.S. and China may have agreed on snatching the country’s nuclear weapons if the Kim Jong Un regime falls, The New York Times reported.

That came at the same time U.S. and South Korean held joint drills to prepare for penetrating North Korea and removing its weapons of mass destruction, The Hill reported. Called "Warrior Strike," the drills reportedly were held last week at Camp Stanley, north of the capital city of Seoul.

Tillerson made the comments last Tuesday at the Atlantic Council, an international affairs think tank, surprising some U.S. military and even some state department officials, the Times wrote.

Sources told the newspaper that China had actually resisted such talks for years, fearing that if they were ever made public, it would undermine their leverage with the reclusive communist country and make it look like it was conspiring with the U.S. against it.

"(The U.S, an China) have had conversations about in the event that something happened — it could happen internal to North Korea; it might be nothing that we from the outside initiate — that if that unleashed some kind of instability, the most important thing to us would be securing those nuclear weapons they've already developed and ensuring that they — that nothing falls into the hands of people we would not want to have it," Tillerson said, per the Times.

"We've had conversations with the Chinese about how might that be done," he added.

China is North Korea's most important ally, with Pyongyang relying on the world's largest communist country as in main trading partner, particularly for food and energy, according to the Council of Foreign Affairs.

While China has historically opposed harsh sanctions against North Korea, it supported two rounds of United Nations sanctions against the Kim regime this fall after the country fired missiles over Japan and tested its sixth and strongest nuclear bomb, Bloomberg Politics reported.

The Times reported that it does not appear that Chinese officials have responded publicly to Tillerson's comments but the newspaper added that the China would likely have kept such communication private.

Tillerson stressed in his statements, according to the Times, that the U.S. does not seek regime collapse in North Korea and that sending troops there is not a priority.

"We do not seek a reason to send our own military forces north of the demilitarized zone," Tillerson said, per the Times. "We have had conversations that if something happened and we had to go across a line, we have given the Chinese assurances we would go back and retreat back to the south of the 38th parallel."

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