US Secretary of Defense Robert Gates says Washington has NO intent to destabilize North Korea.
According to a transcript released by the US defense department on Sunday, Gates, speaking at the annual Shangri-la Dialogue in Singapore Saturday. said that Washington has no interest in carrying out regime change against Pyeongyang.
Rather, the defense secretary stated that the US is interestsed in helping that regime become a normal state abiding by the norms of the international community.
Regarding Pyeongyang's nuclear and long-range missile programs, Gates expressed his concern that the North is in the process of becoming a direct threat to the US.