U.S. seeks diplomacy with North Korea, White House says

Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre holds the daily press briefing at the White House

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States has made clear it has no hostile intent toward North Korea and continues to seek diplomacy with the country, White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre told reporters on Friday aboard Air Force One.

Jean-Pierre also said she was aware of reports that North Korea has officially enshrined the right to use preemptive nuclear strikes to protect itself in a new law that leader Kim Jong Un said makes its nuclear status "irreversible" and bars denuclearisation talks.

(Reporting by Trevor Hunnicutt and Alexandra Alper)